Tips for creating a Drought Tolerant Landscape

June 12, 2015

by Kristen Hicks 


No matter how advanced our technology and understanding of the world becomes, we can’t control the weather. But unlike the many ancient civilizations wiped out by drought, we do have the means to make informed guesses about what’s coming and respond accordingly.1

In the southern and western areas of the United States, the future looks grim. Regions of Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, and especially California have all been undergoing a multi-year drought.2 Even with this year’s El Niño bringing more rain than usual to some of the affected areas, the forecast for the years to come is bleak.

California Drought
Source: US Drought Monitor


Scientists predict the Southwest and central Great Plains regions could be plagued by a 35-year or more mega-drought that dwarves all the droughts the regions have previously experienced.3 The warning bell’s been rung, and the time has come for local residents and governments to respond.

While we can’t give up on drinking water and residents have little control over the amount of water used in farming, we do have one obvious water-wasting habit to reconsider: our lawns.

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The Next John Muir Is Chasing Butterflies in the Heart of L.A. The Conservationists of the 21st Century Will Be City Kids

Republishing post – from Zocalo – By Glen M. MacDonald |December 24, 2014.
The pioneering environmentalist John Muir was no great fan of cities. In 1868, he hightailed it out of San Francisco as fast as he could for the Sierra Nevada. He later referred to Los Angeles as “that handsome conceited little town” and similarly skedaddled away pronto to the San Gabriel Mountains. Yet it was in Los Angeles, on Christmas Eve 100 years ago, that Muir took leave of this world. A century after Muir’s death, will the cities of California serve as the graveyard of his legacy or a place of rebirth?

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Proposed $50 mil. in auction rev. to CAL FIRE


This is great news for California’s urban forest! A significant portion of the 2014-2015 budget allocation to CalFire will be directed to support urban forestry projects in California that help meet the state’s goal of reducing greenhouse gases. This proposed funding demonstrates the recognition of urban forestry projects as an important part of California’s plan to advance GHG reductions, strengthen communities – especially those most impacted by emissions, create jobs, and spur innovations.

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City Parks a benefit to mental health?

Check out this blog post by zerveian (August 22, 2013) about the ability of city parks and green areas to help urban dwellers rejuvenate their busy minds.  http://bit.ly/12tArcT

Maybe, it’s time to take a walk through a park of the Emerald Necklace and refresh your busy mind!


Billboard site lots an oases for nature in L.A.

Amigos de los Rios dedication to developing green infrastructure is highlighted in Carren Jao’s article on KCET.org – Departures Turning Billboard Lots into Green Oases.

Learn more about billboard lot park – Alfred Madrid Middle School Park.