June 24, 2012 Edit
via Mary Vogel
I lead free field trips to the wild on weekends that focus on native plant and wildlife communities and the ecosystems services they provide. The trips are fun too—and provide a good way to renew your body, rejuvenate your spirit and make new friends. I’d like to see more people on my trips who will come back to the city and incorporate what they discover into designs for green streets, green roofs, green landscapes, green buildings and green infrastructure overall. Those designers are usually landscape architects!
Oregon Community Trees recent keynote speaker Dr. Doug Tallamy says that while Portland is lush and beautiful, it is DEAD! We have no insects because most of the vegetation in our city is non-native and our native insects—the base of the food chain—need native plants to reproduce!
I schedule my trips through Portland-Vancouver Sierra Club Outings Meetup (which is free to join) because Sierra Club offers leader training, first aid and insurance—and Sierra Club has advocated for the things I care about since 1892. The trips are also free, though we do ask that you consider a voluntary $2-3 donation towards our leader training. Not all of my trips are to wilderness areas (limited to 12), but the ones that are fill up fast. However, people don't show, so get on the waiting list and come anyhow. You won't be turned away if you are on the waiting list. I’ll experiment with setting the sign up time to allow us busy professionals who must filter our recreational email to have a crack at it as well. Identify yourself as a landscape architect in your profile when you sign up as I may figure out a way to give you priority.
Mary VogelMary Vogel, CNU-A
PlanGreen and Chair, Advocacy & Alliances CNU Cascadia
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