• Equity, Dignity, and Justice at UEC
    Written by Urban Ecology Center
    Wednesday, 10 February 2021
    Equity, Dignity, and Justice at UEC

    Hi everyone! I’m Kirsten, one of the Environmental Educators at the UEC. Usually, I’d be here to tell you about the many ways you can connect with nature in your own neighborhood, but this time I’d like to share with you some information about another equally important part of my work at Urban Ecology Center: the Equity, Dignity, and Justice (EDJ) committee.

    So far the EDJ committee has largely focused internally, on learning about oppression alongside our fellow staff at the UEC. Now, with the public release of our anti-racism commitments, we felt it’s time to share the history of this work at the UEC and honor the work that many folks have done that led to this point. Que the proverbial slide-show!

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  • How to Make an Invasive Plant Species into a Delicious Pesto!
    Written by Erin Whitney
    Saturday, 03 April 2021
    How to Make an Invasive Plant Species into a Delicious Pesto!

    'Tis the season for Garlic Mustard Pesto! As the soil warms up, this sea of green takes over local forest floors. Garlic Mustard is an invasive species to North America and discourages native plants from growing by releasing lasting antifungal chemicals into the soil.

    Removing garlic mustard, Alliaria petiolata, is no one-day task, take some time to correctly ID a bunch and remove its root and all! Its seed can survive up to 10 years in the soil. So bag it up and dispose, or blend up its leaves and stems for a tasty pesto or soup. Note the roots should be discarded into a garbage bag, not your compost.

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  • Illegal Fire in Three Bridges Park this Week
    Written by Angélica Sánchez
    Friday, 02 April 2021
    Illegal Fire in Three Bridges Park this Week

    You may have seen recent news of the fire that occurred this week in Three Bridges Park. Or maybe you’ve seen the burned hillsides while visiting the park or riding through the Hank Aaron State Trail, wondering what happened. I’d like to share what happened and hopefully answer some questions you may have.

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