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Tuesday, March 09, 2010
6:00 PM - 8:40 PM

Putting the "U" in Urban Watershed Stewardship: A mini-symposium

Joint meeting of the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists & Friends of Big Creek

A healthy watershed is important to our quality of life but human activity has degraded the natural landscape in our heavily developed area. How can an individual have a positive impact and become a steward of our precious resources? Join us for a discussion of simple measures that add up!Please register by e-mail to bcnaturalists@gmail.comor by phoning Gloria at 216-351-0254.Presenters:The Use of Native Plants in Public and Private Landscapes - Joe Mestnik, Partner, FireflyArchitecture.Overview of the ReImagining Cleveland Grant Program, designed to create sustainable landreuses of vacant city-owned land bank lots, including the grant recently awarded to Brooklyn Centre Naturalists.Big or Small: Backyard Habitats Are Everywhere - Terry Duncan, National Wildlife FederationHabitat Steward. A certified wildlife habitat can be found in an area as small as a patio, in urban as well assuburban settings. All you need is the right combination of food, shelter, water, and a place for wildlife to raise their young. NWF ideas on how to build it so some of your favorite wild friends will visit.Trickle Down Methods of Storm Water Management - John Rakauskas, Rakauskas Architecture. John will look at some permeable paving practices that, along with rain gardens and other measures, can help slow down and reduce volume and improve the quality of the stormwater entering our streams.

Big Or Small: How to Make a Rain Garden - Lisa Warner, Naturalist, City of Fairlawn.The basics of how to create a rain garden in a residential setting.
Joint meeting of the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists & Friends of Big Creek A healthy watershed is important to our quality of life but human activity has degraded the natural landscape in our heavily developed area. How can an individual have a positive impact and become a steward of our precious resources? Join us for a discussion of simple measures that add up!Please register by e-mail to bcnaturalists@gmail.comor by phoning Gloria at 216-351-0254.Presenters:The Use of Native Plants in Public and Private Landscapes - Joe Mestnik, Partner, FireflyArchitecture.Overview of the ReImagining Cleveland Grant Program, designed to create sustainable landreuses of vacant city-owned land bank lots, including the grant recently awarded to Brooklyn Centre Naturalists.Big or Small: Backyard Habitats Are Everywhere - Terry Duncan, National Wildlife FederationHabitat Steward. A certified wildlife habitat can be found in an area as small as a patio, in urban as well assuburban settings. All you need is the right combination of food, shelter, water, and a place for wildlife to raise their young. NWF ideas on how to build it so some of your favorite wild friends will visit.Trickle Down Methods of Storm Water Management - John Rakauskas, Rakauskas Architecture. John will look at some permeable paving practices that, along with rain gardens and other measures, can help slow down and reduce volume and improve the quality of the stormwater entering our streams. Big Or Small: How to Make a Rain Garden - Lisa Warner, Naturalist, City of Fairlawn.The basics of how to create a rain garden in a residential setting.

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