A discussion of the impact of Hurricane Sandy and other large storms on native plant communities. Includes an exploration of planting ideas for storm damaged areas.|
Native Plants and Sandy: A Hurricane's Impact on Plant Communities and What to Plant in the Aftermath
Saturday November 2, 10:00 - 4:00
Ocean County College Theater
Registration Fee - $30
Light Morning Refreshments and Lunch Included
Native Plant Sale to Follow
10:00 - Welcome from NPSNJ
10:10- Restoration: Dune it Right: Building and Stabilizing Dunes with Vegetation - Louise Wootton, PhD, Georgian Court University
11:20 - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Restoring and Revitalizing Coastal Landscapes After Hurricane Sandy - Jason Austin - Rare Find Nursery
12:30 - Lunch
1:00 - After the Trees Blow Down: Forest Recovery and Restoration - Sara Webb, PhD, Drew University
2:10 - Healing Under the Trees: Restoring the Land (and Ourselves) with Forest Herbs - Jared Rosenbaum, Wild Ridge Plants
3:30 - Native Plant Sale
Presentation Descriptions and Speaker Bios:
Restoration: Dune it Right: Building and Stabilizing Dunes with Vegetation
This presentation will briefly discuss the importance of dunes and their role in coastal protection. The main focus will be on best management practices for dune restoration: how to plant, what to plant where, when to plant and why. In addition, a list of species to be avoided due to their potential invasiveness or inability to thrive in New Jersey's coastal ecosystems will be provided.
Louise Wootton Ph.D. is currently chairperson of biology and director of sustainability at Georgian Court University. Her past research in New Jersey has focused mostly on the study of invasive plant species in coastal dune ecosystems and on best practices in dune restoration. Her "pet plant" is the invasive Sedge, Carex kobomugi, which is radically changing the appearance and function of many dunes along the East Coast of North America, including those of Long Beach Island. She is also the editor of and a co-author on the rapid response web resource "Restoration: Dune it Right" created in partnership with New Jersey Sea Grant and experts around the state to help guide townships in restoring dunes rebuilt after Superstorm Sandy.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder:
Restoring and Revitalizing Coastal Landscapes After Hurricane Sandy
The coastal areas impacted by Superstorm Sandy covered thousands of miles along the mid-Atlantic coastline.
Thousands of landscapes were damaged or destroyed by the effects of the storm, offering shore area homeowners a rare opportunity to re-think their landscapes and have a positive impact on the environment at the same time.
Plants which are not adapted to the extremes of coastal climates (salt, wind, and water) did not survive. However, there are many native plants that thrive in coastal environments and are attractive landscape plants as well.
This talk will explore the opportunities and potential of going native at the beach.
Jason Austin has a BS in Ornamental Horticulture and is the grower and greenhouse manager for RareFind Nursery. He is an ecological consultant for native designs and the recipient of 2012 Young Environmental Award for Excellence in Ecological Restoration.
After the Trees Blow Down: Forest Recovery and Restoration
How can we facilitate recovery of our forests from catastrophic storms like Hurricane Sandy? Blowdown is a natural forest process normally enhances biodiversity. Dead logs benefit wildlife and tip-up mounds nurture native wildflowers and tree seedlings. However, recovery in our region challenged by misguided salvage logging, forest thinning, and overwhelming influence of invasive plants and deer. We will consider what ecologically-informed steps might help restore and perpetuate native plant communities in an age of climate change.
Sara Webb, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies at Drew University, is a forest ecologist with expertise on windstorm and fire disturbance in forests, vegetation of New Jersey, consequences of forest fragmentation and forest thinning, and the invasive Norway maple. The founding director of Drew's Environmental Studies and Sustainability Program, she teaches courses on ecology, biological invasions, research methods, and environmental science. Dr. Webb is also the director of the Drew University Forest Preserve, where restoration efforts earned the 2012 New Jersey Governor's Environmental Excellence for Healthy Ecosystems.
Healing Under the Trees: Restoring the Land (and Ourselves) with Forest Herbs
Can we restore the forest, our cultural ties to it, and our health at the same time? Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants integrates restoration ecology with traditional herbalism, discussing native medicinal and edible herbs like black cohosh, goldenseal, ginseng, ramps, solomon's seal, spicebush, maidenhair fern, bee balm and others.
These long-lived species inhabit rich, mature forests experiencing primarily natural disturbances. Many are declining due to overharvest, deer browse, and habitat loss. Jared's presentation will cover shade gardens and other ways of bringing these forest elders back into our landscapes and life ways.
Jared Rosenbaum is the co-owner of Wild Ridge Plants, a family business that grows native plants for home gardens and ecological restoration. He is also the Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and the author of Plant Local: Do-It-Yourself Native Plant Gardens.
Ocean County College (View)
1 College Dr
Toms River, NJ 08754
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|