Incorporating Ecological Factors into Site Planning
Any INASLA Member to attends the Ecologic/INASLA Event.
Native plant communities are considered low maintenance, but this is only true if they are selected to be adapted to their environmental preferences. This presentation will familiarize you with the natural regions of Indiana and how the soils, geology and hydrology should be taken into account when selecting species and communities for your projects. It will also explain the potential maintenance challenges presented in different ecological situations.
Presenter: Kevin Tungesvick
Kevin Tungesvick has had a lifelong interest in nature, particularly in botany and plant ecology. This passion led him to develop and manage a large wholesale native plant nursery where he worked for 22 year. During that time, here also performed floral inventories and developed restoration plans for numerous projects. Kevin also gained considerable experience in the establishment and maintenance of native plant communities in the landscape. He is coauthor of floral inventory of Mounds State Park published by the Indiana Academy of Sciences. Kevin is a frequent author of articles for trade publication and a monthly nature column in his local newspaper. Kevin has been involved in many large and ecologically significant restorations throughout Indiana.
Horticulture / Plants
Health, Safety and Welfare
1. Learn to assess the ecological factors on your site including natural region, soils, geology and hydrology.
2. Learn what plant communities are appropriate for those site conditions
3. Learn about species selection for those communities
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