This guide features plants ntive to the Midwest that are highly atractive to pollintors and are well-suited for smaller-scale plantings in gardens, on business and school campuses, in urban greenspaces, and in farm field borders. In addition to supporting native bees, many of these plants attract nectar-seeking butterflies, moth, and humingbirds.
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Environmental Law Institute (ELI) and its partner Amigos Bravos drafted this guide to help local governments integrate community input into their green infrastructure projects. It sets out eight steps that local governments can take and, for each step, provides details and tips to help local governments as they move through the process.
The specific goals of this Chicago Wilderness Native Landscape and Ecological Restoration Guide are to enable organizations to:
1) facilitate the selection of qualified contractors or consultants to design, install and/or steward native landscapes;
2) set ecological restoration goals and expectations; and
3) objectively evaluate the work done by the contractor, their progress toward goals, and completion of projects to ensure that the ecological and aesthetic expectations are met.
The Calumet Stormwater Collaborative repository data and tools section provides accessible stormwater resources that can be useful for data analysis, mapping, and to design and calculate the benefits of stormwater BMPs. Hyperlinked names take you to each resource.
This briefing paper from the National Recreation and Park Association provides guidance on financing green infrasturcture projects. The key messages were:
Developers understand that land development projects in New Jersey must be designed to “manage” stormwater runoff. NJ DEP regulations require that stormwater management standards be met through the use of “nonstructural strategies,” to the “maximum extent practicable.” Green infrastructure helps you, the developer, to do just that. This Developers’ Green Infrastructure Guide created by New Jersey Future and New Jersey Builders Association is meant as a resource to help you incorporate green infrastructure into your projects for maximum benefit.
Nowak, David J.; Stein, Susan M.; Randler, Paula B.; Greenfield, Eric J.; Comas, Sara J.; Carr, Mary A.; Alig, Ralph J. 2010. Sustaining America’s urban trees and forests: a Forests on the Edge report. Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-62. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 27 p.
Close to 80 percent of the U.S. population lives in urban areas and depends on the essential ecological, economic, and social benefi ts provided by urban trees and forests. However, the distribution of urban tree cover and the benefi ts of urban forests vary across the United States, as do the challenges of sustaining this important resource. As urban areas expand across the country, the importance of the benefi ts that urban forests provide, as well as the challenges to their conservation and maintenance, will increase. The purpose of this report is to provide an overview of the current status and benefits of America’s urban forests, compare differences in urban forest canopy cover among regions, and discuss challenges facing urban forests and their implications for urban forest management.