Tag: vegetation

Vegetation is assemblages of plant species and the ground cover they provide. It is a general term, without specific reference to particular taxa, life forms, structure, spatial extent, or any other specific botanical or geographic characteristics. It is broader than the term flora which refers to species composition. Perhaps the closest synonym is plant community, but vegetation can, and often does, refer to a wider range of spatial scales than that term does, including scales as large as the global. Primeval redwood forests, coastal mangrove stands, sphagnum bogs, desert soil crusts, roadside weed patches, wheat fields, cultivated gardens and lawns; all are encompassed by the term vegetation.

Landfill Managers Notebook: Vegetation Control–Naturally

Landfill Managers Notebook: Vegetation Control–Naturally

If you are in the landfill business, you probably spend a lot of your time trying to make your landfill look natural, organic, and environmentally sustainable. Sounds like some kind of health food supplement, doesn’t it? The fact is, our image of a well-run landfill is one that is well

College Stormwater Programs

College Stormwater Programs

Not too long ago, there were only two colleges in the United States where one could learn about stormwater management, notes Brant Keller, public works director for Griffin, GA.

The Naked and the Dead

The Naked and the Dead

It’s hard to escape observation by satellites, and tough to argue with the data they present, some of which would be nearly impossible to gather accurately from here on the ground. Using NASA satellite imagery, scientists at the University of Maryland have been tracking the total amount of vegetation—or lack

Straight and True

Straight and True

People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. The things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now, we can’t imagine what life was like without

Embracing Invasive Species

Embracing Invasive Species

We’ve talked a lot on this website and in Erosion Control magazine about invasive species, from kudzu to the salt cedar beetle. Sometimes non-native species are introduced into an ecosystem deliberately: as ornamental plants, or vegetation used to shore up eroding hillsides, or animals and insects used as biological controls

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

The Benefits of Engineered Soils

Engineered soil: it sounds like a new concept, but one historical record notes it is more than 1,000 years old. In the sixth century AD, a group of ascetic monks left the lush, green mainland of Ireland seeking a new, remote environment to practice their dedication and humility. Braving the

More Dust, or More Drinking Water?

More Dust, or More Drinking Water?

The area around Salt Lake City, UT, is one of the fastest-growing places in the country. It currently has about two million people—almost two-thirds of the state’s population—and that number is expected to double in the next 30 years. It’s also running short of water. The state has a possible

Project Profile: Community Solar

Project Profile: Community Solar

December 21, 2016—Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year—was a special day in Washington DC. At Solar Noon, as the sun reached the highest point for that day, a new solar era was launched in the Capital of the United States.

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