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April 24, 2009

New Ideas for Preserving Nature: Useful Tips for N.H. Landowners, Gardeners, and Landscapers -- Free Talk, Thursday April 30, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., Gibson's Bookstore, Concord, N.H.

CONCORD, N.H. -- You can create a healthy, sustainable landscape that is also beautiful and enjoyable.  With rural areas fast disappearing in the Northeast, an important way to preserve our identity as a place where people, plants, and animals can share the land is to integrate the landscapes around our homes, communities, and work spaces with the natural world. Find out how you can put these theories into practice and learn about a new way of shaping home grounds and public spaces in New Hampshire, at a free talk called "New Ideas for Preserving Nature; Useful Tips for N.H. Landowners, Gardeners, and Landscapers." The presentation takes place on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 7:00 p.m., at Gibson's Bookstore in Concord, N.H. No pre-registration is required.

Take some time to learn from the experience of two specialists who have worked and taught for many years in their respective fields and will share with you what they've learned.  Marilyn Wyzga, a teaching naturalist and Wildlife Educator for the NH Fish and Game Department, will be joined by Kate Hartnett, a geographer who works on reducing the ecological footprint of the built environment.  Together, they will present information from and sign a new book they co-authored, "Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature's Lead," published by UNH Cooperative Extension and NH Fish and Game.

"No matter where you live in New Hampshire, you can make a difference for the plants and animals living there with the landscaping actions you take," said Wyzga.  "We all have the opportunity to preserve the native plant communities and character of our state, as well as essential habitat.  Come join us, and take with you valuable tips that you can apply this planting season."

You will learn:

  • How to establish landscapes that look and feel as if they belong in N.H.
  • How to integrate natural principles into beautiful, functional landscapes.
  • How to create landscapes that sustain themselves with minimum cost, energy, and effort.
  • How to think in terms of plant systems, rather than mere collections of individual plants.
  • How to use and apply plant-system models designed for challenging conditions.
  • Where to find alternatives to invasive species.
  • How to create landscapes that benefit wildlife, both above and below ground.

If you can't come to the talk, but would like to order a copy of "Integrated Landscaping: Following Nature's Lead," by Marilyn Wyzga, et al, visit www.wildlife.state.nh.us/Shop/shop_books.htm.

The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department is the guardian of the state's fish, wildlife and marine resources and their habitats.  Visit www.wildnh.com.

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