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References & Links
Landscape Resource has compiled a list of helpful resources that we find informative and inspiring. We encourage you to visit these sites for a variety of information.
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Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardenswww.oceanfriendlygardens.org
The Ocean Friendly Gardens TM (OFG) Program educates and assists people in "applying CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - to their gardens to revive their watersheds and oceans:" Conservation of water, energy and habitat through native plants (add allow some climate adapted plants), spaced for mature growth. Permeability through healthy, biologically active soil, and utilizing materials for - or making a cut in - driveways, walkways and patios that allow water to percolate into the soil. Retention devices like rain chains, rain barrels and rain gardens retain water in the soil for the dry seasons or save it to water veggies, preventing it from running off the property.
Sustainability reaches far beyond the borders of California; Dr. Mari Loehrlein is Professor of Horticulture in The School of Agriculture at Western Illinois University who is spreading the good word through the midwest. Visit her great site and keep an eye out for her forthcoming textbook on the topic.
ValleyCrest Takes on Water Managementvalleycresttakeson.com/watermanagement/
"As the scarcity of potable water increases, it is our responsibility to protect and preserve it. ValleyCrest's innovators are facing the issues head-on as they design, build, and maintain the places that touch our everyday lives. Learn more as we monitor projects in progress, track industry trends and test new technology. Read, discover and join the conversation!"
Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyondwww.harvestingrainwater.com/
A hands down must have resource for the dry western climates. Mr. Landcaster's online resource and accompanying texts are the undisputed authority on the topic. Also, if given the chance, take the time to hear Mr. Lancaster speak; his passion is so pure and enthusiasm so contagious that you'll be at home re-routing your washing machine "waste"water line within a few weeks guaranteed.
Probably the best resource around on the basic principles of water storage including design, construction, and maintenance.
Report Water Wastewww.reportwaterwaste.com/index.php
National website that allows anyone to report water waste. Water waste is any water, other than natural precipitation, that flows or sprays into a public right-of-way, city storm drain, or adjacent private property. Most landscaping and city ordinances prohibit any water waste.
Sustainable Sites Initiativewww.sustainablesites.org
"The Sustainable Sites Initiative is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices."
S.A.F.E. Landscapes (Sustainable and Fire Safe)groups.ucanr.org/SAFE/
"Fire safety in the wildland-urban interface starts in the home, with the use of fire-resistant building materials and architectural features, good practices to avoid starting fires in and around the home, and a good fire response plan for your family. Beyond the home, develop a fire-resistant landscape where plants and hardscape are maintained so that they do not easily transmit fire. "
UC Extension Center for Landscape and Urban Horticulturegroups.ucanr.org/CLUH/index.cfm
"The Center provides environmental horticulture professionals, and others interested in urban horticulture, ready access to research-based information centered on: * landscape water management and conservation. * urban tree management and selection. * assistance for consumers of horticultural products and services. Information is contributed by University of California Cooperative Extension scientists. All content is reviewed by these or other experts to assure it is authoritative and science-based. Featured are fact sheets, newsletters, reports, commentary, and Web links. "
Department of Fish & Game Natural Plant Community Biological Informationwww.dfg.ca.gov/biogeodata/vegcamp/natural_communities.asp
California Vegetation Map Catalogicemaps.des.ucdavis.edu/vegmap/
"This catalog allows you to find a variety of vegetation map data sets that cover the entire state or specific parts of the state, with an emphasis on county-level or larger data sets. You can search for data either by using the map selections or by typing in specific keywords. For each data set you find, you can look up more specific descriptive information about the data. This includes information about mapping date, scale, overall geographic coverage, classification system, and where to obtain the data directly."
USDA PLANTS Databaseplants.usda.gov/
"The PLANTS Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories."