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When: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
12:30 PM
Where: Bachman's Heritage Room
6010 Lyndale Avenue South
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419
United States

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Design for Our Changing Planet
Climate disruption is upon us. There is no debate that our climate is different from that we knew as children. The record is clear: warmer winters, a longer growing season, warmer nights in summer, tropical level humidity, stronger storms, and longer droughts followed by record setting floods, all in the same region. Much of our social infrastructure is at risk due to our failure to reduce carbon emissions and take the science of climate disruption seriously. As landscape professionals, we owe it to the world to plant more trees that will resist what is underway. We have to go beyond planting local native diversity. That approach is doomed due to the changes already observed and that will likely accelerate given reinforcing feedback loops with loss of arctic ice, release of methane from former permafrost, ocean acidification, etc. In fact, the changes measured are exceeding relatively conservative climate models. What we need are trees that can handle these new climate extremes.
Come to this session if you would like to learn what new species are recommended, what you should be including in designs, and where to purchase or support local nurseries where innovative R & D is underway to propagate the best solutions to a global problem that has experts questioning our survival

Presenter:  Douglas Owens-Pike, Sustainable Landcare Trainer
Douglas started EnergyScapes in 1989 with the goal of moving landscape design toward more ecologically sustainable solutions.  Douglas is a former APLD International Board Member chairing the Awards Committee.  He is a recipient of many awards himself, including the APLD Merit Award for an estate he managed for over 15 years.  He is currently building a nursery to propagate the best trees for our new climate at his farm in NW WI, Otter Creek Trees for the Future.
Owens-Pike is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Beautifully Sustainable: Freeing Yourself to Enjoy Your Landscape, Be-Mondo Publishing 2013.  He is recognized for his teaching and mentoring with the Association of Professional Landscape Designers, MN Landscape Arboretum, MN State Horticultural Society, Wild Ones, and Metro Blooms, serving as Project Manager for Sustainable Landcare Training and Crew Oversight at Metro Blooms in 2018.  Doug's farm in Otter Creek Township, WI is a model of sustainable living with a passive solar home built in 2012 that is surrounded by an ideal landscape of raingardens and trees for energy conservation.

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