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Re: “How to Solve the Pollinator Problem?

don't forget you can help scientists track pollinator species by documenting them and uploading them to iNaturalist.org. if they were observed on your property you can obscure the location for privacy. Make sure to add the observations to the Vemront Atlas of Life project so the Vermont Center for Ecostudies can access the data.

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 04/04/2016 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Burlington Woman Finds the Past in a 76-Year-Old Nutshell

yeah i wondered that too. They offer further diversity to the genetics of the species if that line of trees was killed but if so they weren't resistant. Seems a better approach would be finding the few trees out there that still produce nuts and have some resistance (yes there are a few) and breeding those trees together.

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 10/25/2015 at 6:03 PM

Re: “Off Trail: Roy Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Very neat, great article. I love cedar swamps. I had to point out, however, that having taken pH readings in many of them... cedar swamps are actually not nearly as acidic as spruce swamps, poor fens, or bogs, and actually are one of the less acidic swamp types in Vermont, instead linked with calcium-rich groundwater or other forms of nutrient input. The pH of a cedar swamp is often close to neutral... whereas the bog in the heart of Victory Basin or Peacham Bog, for example, approach the pH of battery acid.

But yeah, great to see you getting out there, and Chris Rimmer is great. Check out the book Wetland Wildland Woodland by Sorenson and Thompson for a lotof wonderful information on cedar swamps and the many other natural community types in Vermont. Or check out iNaturalist.org for lots of places where Vermont ecologists and citizen scientists have observed cedars - in swamps, on bluffs overlooking Lake Champlain, and a few other interesting areas.

http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/pr…

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 08/21/2015 at 5:02 PM

Re: “Ads Ask Legislators to Pick Milne as Governor

Saying every member should vote his/her district for a STATE election is basically saying you think some votes matter more than others. This is not a local matter, it is a state matter, and anything other than STATE majority vote for this is just plain wrong. The Republicans owe many of their victories to ploys like this, since they tend to win lesser populated areas but not cities. Let's not follow the trend of the nation and let a party that doesn't win the most votes end up in power.

If Milne hadn't been a baby and was willing to wait just two short years he'd be a near shoe-in. Instead he chose to throw a tantrum and if he does convince the legislature to vote him in, he's going to be a disaster as governor. Remember there were many, many liberals/progressives who were mad at Shumlin and so didn't vote for him, notice how many votes the other liberal candidates got! If they put Milne in all these people who abstained from voting are gonna be very pissed. Milne will have a very short two year term and will end up remembered as a disappointment.

From what I've heard of Milne his ideas are kinda bad anyway. Give college tuition credits to the schools that need LESS money from the state (hint: They are the schools where parents contribute more, IE the richer schools that don't need it). Also he complained about too many JOBS created during the recession because some of them were state government jobs and he has some ideological problem with it to the point that he feels he'd rather just not have the jobs. Thanks Milne! So much for job creation!

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 01/02/2015 at 11:17 AM

Re: “An Engineer and 'Map Geek' Unearths Burlington's Past

Neat! I've done some exploring around this historic stream too. I posted a Google map here:
http://slowwatermovement.blogspot.com/2011…
and I also found some seeps in the 'headwaters' that are still usually wet:
http://slowwatermovement.blogspot.com/2010…
some of the soil there still has wetland characteristics including 'mottling'
http://slowwatermovement.blogspot.com/2010…

I have also heard that you can hear rushing water after a storm somewhere around the YMCA... I'm not sure exactly where.

Too bad they didn't find a way to keep the stream and meld it into the city. But of course back in the day no one thought about that.

Posted by Charlie Hohn on 12/03/2014 at 7:43 PM

Re: “Ann Taylor Wants to Save a Tree

@Paul Jones, cottonwoods aren't very good firewood.
If you leave it alone for a few years it will probably die. Cottonwoods grow extremely fast but don't live very long. A maple tree that size would be 200+ years old but I doubt that giant cottonwood is over 70.

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 10/30/2014 at 6:36 PM

Re: “Girl Scouts' Failing Dam Threatens Quiet Richmond Pond

Thanks so much Aaron! I don't know much about the pond, except that it is pretty and the dam is getting old (and what i read in this article, for what that's worth) so I don't have an opinion on whether or not the dam is removed. In general I am not a fan of artificial ponds and dams, but this is pretty high in the watershed and small, so I don't know if removing it offers enough benefit to offset all the sediment that will come out. That's just the hydrology angle, since I haven't lived there I haven't experienced the way residents use the pond.

Seems like a good lake for hockey since it's so shallow and in that cold pocket, it probably freezes deep and fast. We live in Montpelier and just discovered Curtis Pond last winter, another really neat spot. Before this winter I'd only ever ice skated indoors in artificial rinks.. even though I've been in Vermont for 5 years...

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Posted by Charlie Hohn on 06/02/2014 at 12:51 PM

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