Category habitat

Migration of Landscapes

[Map of goose migration routes across North America, from Frank Bellrose’s definitive book on the subject: Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America] Migration is typically used to describe the physical movements of organisms.  Accordingly, studies of migratory patterns tend to focus on the movements of birds, fish, butterflies, wolves and other biota.  In vernacular […]

Foundational Forests IV: All Forests are Experimental

Above is a sample of British Columbia’s Forest service’s Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) maps, which delineate Canada’s forest types and their geo-spatial patterns.   The incredibly detailed classifications are based on field surveys of assemblies of vegetation, assemblies which are expected to shift in tandem with accelerated climate change.  As they do, these maps will shift in […]

Drying Out

The map above comes from the USDA and NOAA’s Drought Monitor, where they publish a new version of the map every Thursday.  The site provides animated compilations of its compiled findings, showing the lead up to the current situation in which more than 1,000 counties in 26 U.S. states have been declared disaster areas by […]

Landscape Ruralism: management design of 248,000,000 acres

[“Flames and smoke from a backfire dwarf a firefighter along U.S. 95 in southeastern Oregon just north of McDermitt, Nev. Fire crews set backfires like this in an effort to block the spread of the fast-moving Long Draw fire that scorched 871 square miles earlier this month.”  The agency behind the fire – weather, weeds, […]

N48 05.738 W123 33.287 Elwha Overlook

Near Olympic National Park, just off of highway 112, the National Park Service has set up a public viewing station facing what was formerly the Elwha Dam.  The platform is equipped with a high magnification spotting scope which one can use to peer into the various accelerated anthro-geologic  events happening there.  The series of images […]

Life Rafts and Leviathan™

[Biohabitat’s floating habitat mattresses made of 100% recycled plastic bottles, seen here filled with soil and plants by a team of volunteers and ready for deployment as experimental land makers near the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana.  Image source] As recently reported by America’s Wetland Foundation: “Hundreds of volunteers helped launch 187 “floating islands” in […]

Staring at Goats VII: Feral and Very Urban

[Canadian Thistle, Cirsium arvense, up close (above) and in its urban habitat (below).  Along with Bull Thistle, this plant likely made its accidental introduction to North America from Eurasia and North Africa through contaminated seeds or hay.  Extremely difficult to eradicate, Canadian Thistle was one of the first plants listed on the U.S. Government’s noxious […]

Island in the Infrastream

Wanted to briefly mention that we will be co-teaching a design studio in Portland this summer that is open to students from other design schools.   Here’s a brief introduction: Hayden Island (above) occupies a key location at Portland’s northern edge.  Situated in the Columbia River near the confluence with the Willamette, the island is […]

Crop Circles and Urban Meadows

[Above: structures and asphalt were recently removed from this lot for planned, yet subsequently stalled construction of park space.  Exploring this interim surface, circular seedings of perennial grasses and forbs were implanted into the rubble.  These ‘crop circles’ emerged as whimsical garden tropes while functioning as test plots meant to interact with weeds spontaneously colonizing […]

Marsh Terracing, Wetland Glyphs

Looking at the U.S. Gulf Coast at a distance of approximately 35,000 ft from its surface reveals a labyrinth of sinuous river deltas bifurcated by a network of short-circuiting canals and roadways.  Changes in water flow patterns caused by the canals and other engineering efforts have unintentionally created one of the world’s fastest eroding landscapes […]