Livable Ecosystems: A Model for Suburbia
Learning goals for the item
1. Raise awareness that humans are responsible for creating/managing landscapes that provide ecosystem services since "natural areas" that provided those services in the past are being rapidly developed.
2. Understand the methodology involved in planning and installing various types of non-traditional suburban landscapes.
3. Select native plants to attract butterflies rather than the invasive species, butterfly bush.
A list of credits (if appropriate)
Susan Barton, University of Delaware Gary Schwetz, Delaware Center for Horticulture
Valann Budischak, University of Delaware Jen Gochenaur, Delaware Nature Society Faith Kuehn,
Delaware Department of Agriculture
Photographs provided by:
Susan Barton Rick Darke Gary Schwetz
Graphic design by:
Funding provided by:
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through the Delaware Estuary Grants Program
Delaware Center for Horticulture, Delaware Department of Agriculture, Delaware Invasive Species
Council, Delaware Nursery and Landscape Assoc.,
University of Delaware
A list of references (key references - cited or suggested)
Trees In Urban Areas http://www.coloradotrees.org/benefits.htm#8, 17 May 2011. Cramer, Steve. Planting to Conserve Energy, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, http://www.colostate.edu/Dept/CoopExt/4dm g/Trees/conserve.htm , 17 May 2011.
de Groot, R. S., Wilson, M. A., & Boumans, R.M. J. (2002). A typology for the classification, description and valuation of ecosystem functions, goods and services. Ecological Economics, 41(3), 393-408.
Kuhns, Michael. Planting Trees for Energy Conservation: The Right Tree in the Right Place, Utah State University. http://extension.usu.edu/forestry/HomeTown/Energy_TreesandEnergy.htm, 17 May 2011.
Lyle, John Tillman.1999. Design for Human Ecosystems: Landscape, Land Use, and Natural Resources. Island Press.
Tallamy, Douglas W. 2009. Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife With Native Plants. Timber Press.
Keywords (separate keywords or phrases with a comma)
Livable Ecosystems: A Model for Suburbia is a Cooperative Extension brochure organized around the four major ecosystem services provided by a successful landscape—clean water, fresh air, wildlife habitat and human wellness. For each ecosystem service, it provides specific landscape design and management suggestions that will help provide that service. It is very well written and easy to follow. Reviewers can see the value to northern areas and climates similar to Delaware. The second half of the publication includes specific recommendations for installing and managing a rain garden, windbreak, forest, meadow, and butterfly garden. Plants that attract butterflies are listed and charts are included with species of butterflies and their larval food sources. The final paragraph explains why butterfly bush should not be included in a butterfly garden. Images and graphics illustrate concepts discussed in the publication throughout.
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