Trail Talk

Earth Day

April 22, 2019   |  Categorized in

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In honor of Earth Day, we’re highlighting the ways we work to reduce our carbon footprint and support our environment!

Water

  1. Many of the plants on the Trail were selected to have very low to no supplemental water requirements! So we usually won’t need to water.
  2. The drip irrigation we use puts water directly at the roots and reduces evaporation, drift, and runoff.
  3. Bioswales! You might hear or see this term used and not be quite sure what we mean. But our bioswales help capture rainwater. This limits water runoff and reduces stress on our combined sewer system and its river discharges!
  4. The plants in the bioswales break down the complex carbons (gasoline, asphalt, grease) into simple sugars!

Air!

  1. By reducing the use of gas power tools; no blowers, power shears, weed eaters, we not only keep the Trail quiet, but it also reduces carbon emissions!
  2. We have 515 street trees that help shade the pavement and buildings reducing utilities and keeping urban heat temperature lower.
  3. Our plants and trees help to capture and clean from car and building exhaust and other toxins in the air as well

Soil!

  1. We used composted plant material- equivalent to 65+ pick-up trucks worth as of March alone.
  2. We focus on soil health by reducing the amount of herbicides with hand weeding.
  3. Our Intergrated Pest Management program encourages a balance to increase tolerances for more insects and to select plants that are more adapted for local diseases and pests, which reduces our chemical needs
  4. We use very little to no artificial fertilizers due to plant selection and nutrient recycling.

Plants

  1. The trees and shrubs along the Trail provide habitat for local and migratory birds.
  2. We do our best to source plants locally. These plants adapt better to our climate and have reduced transportation costs/effects.
  3. And finally we make nature accessible to our downtown residents!

The work doesn’t stop here though. We contiue to work on ways to improve what we already do. For example, we currently have plans are in the works to increase species diversity along the Trail and to incorporate plant hosts for pollinators such as native bees and butterflies.

How are you going to honor the Earth today and moving forward?

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