Maximize habitat values ​​and habitat function in urban landscapes –

Speaker: Pat Reynolds, California Native Grassland Association

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Landscaping with native species and incorporating habitat enhancing features into urban areas is an important and underutilized conservation action that can effectively increase habitat value in the built environment. . If properly designed, city gardens can provide important habitat for beneficial insects including pollinators, improve water infiltration and retention, reduce irrigation requirements, help fight climate change. and create resilient landscapes. Pat’s presentation will focus on the steps that go into the design, implementation and maintenance of habitat gardens dominated by native herbaceous vegetation, including the incorporation of habitat features to maximize values. ecological and habitat function. He will also discuss some of the findings of a UC Davis class study that examined the social and ecological ramifications of a home improvement project he is leading in his neighborhood of South Davis in the hope to inspire others to implement similar neighborhood projects.

Pat Reynolds is the Director of the Native Seeds and Nurseries Program at River Partner, the former Managing Director of Hedgerow Farms and a former Assistant Restoration Environmentalist at HT Harvey & Associates. He is a restoration environmentalist with over 30 years of professional experience in the design, implementation and monitoring of restoration projects, including the effective use of native seeds. Pat sits on the Yolo County Planning Commission and is the Restoration Ecologist on the Yolo County Habitat Agency Science and Technology Advisory Committee and the California Native Grassland Association (CNGA) Board of Directors.

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