Natural Systems

Field Trip To CNGF & Middlebrook Gardens

A Field Trip Hosted By Debra Kiefel

cngf logo 1A field trip has been arranged for EGG members as well as other interested parties to visit the California Native Garden Foundation (CNGF).

The CNGF is a dynamic, non-profit that promotes gardening with California native plants.  During this field trip Alrie Middlebrook the President and Director of CNGF will guide us on a tour of the site while telling us about the CNGF, and inform the attendees of an incredibly, exciting, and innovative Agrihood project that is planned for a piece of land across the street from Valley Fair, on Winchester.  I anticipate she will also inform the attendees of the other exciting projects that are being worked.

 


 
Date:  Monday Nov 14, 2016
Time:  1:30 pm to aprox 2:30 pm
Location:  76 Race Street in San Jose, close to the Alameda
 
The website for CNGF is:  http://cngf.org/
 
While I hope all of you can attend this exciting field trip, if you cannot make it, please do feel free to visit the CNGF on another day.

Ecosystem Services & Natural Resources - Part 2

A Presentation / Discussion Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

sacramento 1594376 180Todays session is a continuation of our October 20th program on ecosystem services and natural capital.  We shall first view a video entitled “Inspiration: Why We Need to Put a Price Tag on Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services”, featuring Professor Gretchen Daily of Stanford University. She is one of the world´s foremost experts on valuation of natural capital, and believes that in all planning of urban development and land use need to consider the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and that the only way to create long-term welfare is to quantify the value of ecosystems. As one of the most immediate effects of urban development is the loss of mature trees, we shall next discuss the value of trees. A healthy urban forest is essential to a healthy urban environment. The use of a tree benefit calculator will also be explored.

Please join us and participate in this intereresting session.

  

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Biochar Update: 55X Scale Up Without Burning Down The House!

A Presentation By Jon Saunders

biochar2Several months ago, Jon Saunders introduced us to BioChar. He brought to the meeting his own creation to create BioChar. In this meetin, Jon will update us on his attempt to improve the characteristics of the unit he built. As you can see from the picture, list latest installation is a much larger version.

Please join us for this exciting meeting where we will learn all about his latest creation!

 

 

 

 

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Ecosystem Services And Natural Capital

Discussion and Videos Hosted By Mei-Ling Shek

pixabay swamp 1017458 960 720Nature sustains us with food, water, raw materials, and medicine. But, it is easy to overlook the complex, direct, and indirect ecosystem services that are essential to us, particularly in an urban environment. Gretchen Daily, professor at Stanford University, believes that in the near future, all planning of urban development and land use needs to take into consideration the protection of biodiversity and ecosystem services. As one of the world´s foremost experts on valuation of natural capital, she is convinced that the only way to create long-term welfare is to quantify the value of ecosystems. We shall view and discuss the videos “Ecosystem Services”, “Environmental Value Systems”, and “Inspiration: Why we need to put a price tag on natural capital and ecosystem services”.

Please join us for this very informative session!

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A Look At Desert Saltwater Farming

A Presentation, Discussion, and Video Viewing by Rod Kirk

pixabay drought 218901 1280The world is being challenged with trying to feed its growing population while witnessing global warming, not enough fresh water to go around, and increased desert lands. Many people are working on solutions to this problem. One promising solution that is being used around the world is desert salt water farming. Our normal fresh water crops have low tolerance to salt water and will not produce well in the presence of saline. Halophytes are one class of plants that contain edible varieties that flourish in the presence of saltwater. This is an exciting area and seems to be one method that will at least help put a dent in food shortage.

In todays session, we will go over some of the ideas and science behind saltwater farming, review some of the leading organizations and supporters of this science, and view some related videos which tell the story of the effort to turn desert lands into food bearing landscapes.

Please join us for this exciting adventure into our future!

Introduction Presentation Available Here

  

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The Illusion Of Stability: Coastal Engineering And False Complacence

A Presentation By Vivian Ho

Vivian Seabright jetty2 smallReal estate along the coast is no doubt desirable, but development on sandy beaches and stone cliffs is constantly threatened by wave action, winter storms, and the existence of the structures themselves. In an effort to protect our homes, businesses, public buildings, and infrastructure, people came up with many forms of coastal engineering to slow the erosion of the land. Coastal armoring seemed like it would protect manmade structures, but it is disruptive to the sediment flow of the beaches, and may even weaken the surrounding coastline or undermine the buildings it was meant to protect. How can we enjoy the bounty of the ocean without endangering human lives and property? What is the best course of action to deal with preexisting structures and armoring?
 
Please join us for this very interesting presentation!
 
 
 
 
 
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