Garden Club Sponsoring Virtual Forest Health Program Tonight

PARSIPPANY, NJ—The Mt. Tabor Garden Club is teaming up with Parsippany’s mayor and local scholars and ecologists to present “Forest Health: A Virtual Citizen Science Program,” on Monday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m.

“Learn from a study documenting nearly 300 forests in Northern New Jersey how forest understories have changed since the mid-20th Century,” the club said, in an announcement. The program will also cover “the impact of deer and invasive plants on our natural surroundings, evidence-based strategies to address reforestation and ways to raise the awareness of the public on forest stewardship.”

According to National Geographic, forests cover about 30 percent of the world’s land mass. Between 1990 and 2016, the World Bank said a half million square miles—an area bigger than South Africa—of forest were lost.

Parsippany Mayor Michael Soriano will make opening remarks on citizen science outreach. Jay Kelly, Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science at Raritan Valley Community College, will deliver the lecture. The event will be moderated by Mt. Tabor resident Kathy S. Walz, an ecologist. The event is free and virtual, and you can get more information and sign up here.

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Country Garden Forest City Released the Ecological Development Action Plan to Create a Green and Ecological Future City

JOHOR BAHRU, Malaysia, Sept. 21, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — On 21st September, Country Garden Forest City published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan, which outlined the mission of Forest City ecological development, and clearly defined the goals and targets of eco city development, operation and management in phases. Following this plan, Forest City will carry out green infrastructure development as a foundation, leverage on high-tech industries to enhance urban economic development, and eventually become a green and vibrant city with diversified industries and cultures. On the same day, Forest City Eco Museum Phase 1 exhibition hall was officially opened. 

Forest City Eco Museum

The Forest City Eco-Museum, which is located beside the beach of Forest City, is open for public today. The eco museum adheres to an open concept and breaks through the limitations of traditional museums. It integrates outdoor greeneries, ecological corridor, seagrass conservation areas, exhibition halls and laboratories into one system, and creates an immersive experience for the visitors with a real scene eco system.

Phase 1 of the museum, comprising of an exhibition hall, a laboratory building and part of the eco corridor, have already been completed. Over 100 biological samples are displayed in the exhibition hall to showcase the rich marine ecosystem around Forest City, its sustainable development mission and the environmental protection achievements over the past years. The laboratory will be used as a research and education center to facilitate the R&D and educational works of the research institutions and universities around Forest City. Meanwhile, phase 2 construction has started while phase 3 is under planning.

Forest City Eco Museum Phase 1 Exhibition Hall

On the same day, Forest City published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan which outlined the goals and targets of eco city development, operation and management from the start of project development in 2014 towards the future. Following this plan, Forest City will carry out green infrastructure development as a foundation, leverage on high-tech industries to enhance urban economic development, and eventually become a green and vibrant city with diversified industries and cultures.

The newly published Forest City Ecological Development Action Plan encompasses three phases, for each phase, there will be a set of development indicators set out from the areas of “Industry, City, and People” in urban operations.

Phase 1, from 2014 to 2019, is the basic stage of the urban green ecosystem development, applying environmental concept throughout the urban planning, development, construction, and city operations. Forest City has never stopped its investment in green development, from the environmental assessment at the beginning of project, to multiple environmental measures such as the set-up of double layer silt curtain during the reclamation work, the establishment of enterprise-level environmental management system, mangrove conservation via satellite sensing and daily patrols, seagrass conservation and hydrological dynamic monitoring, just to minimize the environmental impact during the development. Forest City has also established long-term cooperation with research institutions and universities to carry out scientific monitoring and analysis of the natural environment around Forest City, providing scientific support for effective recovery and maintenance of the ecosystem.

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NGO asks interior minister to lend a hand in K Speu forest land protectionPhnom Penh Post

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Chea Hean (not pictured) has said traders are selling more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary. CHEA HEAN VIA FACEBOOK

Anti-corruption, Natural Resource Protection and Civil Rights Protection (ACNCIPO) director Chea Hean said on Monday he is requesting help from Minister of Interior Sar Kheng to protect more than 150ha in the Phnom Oral Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hean said traders are selling the forest land.

He told The Post on Monday that he is preparing to send his letter on Tuesday. He is requesting intervention to assist the Kampong Speu provincial administration with confiscating the property from a woman named Sieang Samen, the wife of Ou Samrech Chesda, a well-known military official.

The land is located in Sre Kin village in Oral district’s Trapaing Chor commune in Kampong Speu province. Samen is accused of conspiring with authorities to sell the land two weeks ago.

Hean said Samen had people clear the land in 2018, but he had notified the Kampong Speu provincial administration to confiscate it.

Hean said Samen recently sold 150ha in violation of the Kampong Speu confiscation warrant.

“I request the Ministry of Interior to investigate those behind the sale of forest land in the conservation area in Sre Kin village.

“I would like to sue based on the illegal possession and sale of land in that area. This forest land must be kept as State property and the trees should be replanted. The perpetrators must be punished according to the law on protected areas,” Hean said.

Trapaing Chor commune chief Tep Nem said on Monday he had seen a letter of sale and transfer of land title signed by Sre Kin village chief Im Sorn.

However, he did not sign for acknowledgement or allow the sale, leaving the letter at the Trapaing Chor commune administration.

He said the land in the area is protected by a royal decree and there is also a confiscation warrant from the Kampong Speu provincial administration.

“I did not allow buying or selling because it is State land protected by a royal decree and there was a confiscation warrant from the province. I did not dare sign any document to buy or sell that land,” Nem said.

Sorn said on Monday he was aware of the buying and selling of forest land in the Oral Mountains in 2018, but recently he did not sign for Samen to buy or sell land in the area.

“In 2018, I knew they were buying and selling land, but not now. I do not dare sign because it is protected by royal decree,” Sorn said.

Samen could not be reached for comment on Monday.

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‘Play is learning,’ EverWild Forest School makes a splash in Garden City

Erica Hermsen started the outdoor nature school this year and it has received a lot of interest.

GARDEN CITY, Idaho — Tucked in the trees along the Boise River is the EverWild Forest School. Students have fun while learning about nature.

Erica Hermsen started the school this year. Although, it’s been her dream to connect kids to nature for decades.

“I really wanted to do something that also helped to protect it (nature), and in my opinion we can only conserve what we understand, and we can only understand what we’re taught, so I figured that forest schooling or environmental education in general would be a great way to do that,” Hermsen said.

EverWild Forest School has very small groups with about six kids and there is a 3:1 student-teacher ratio. The youngest students bring a guardian along and starting at age four they’re dropped off for outdoor learning.

Although watching the classes in action may look just like playing, Hermsen says play is learning, especially at a young age.

“For example, a bridge over a creek utilizes physics with gravity, geometry, and they get to test it out. How does is creek and bend? So they are literally experimenting. They’re little scientists out there and this is the best way to do it instead of a worksheet or workbook,” Hermsen explained.

There’s positive health impacts too being out in the open air.

“There’s a number of studies that point to being outside and in green spaces,” Hermsen said. “It lowers cortisol level and helps children in stressful times like COVID with resiliency and it builds them up in that way.”

Classes at EverWild Forest School happen rain, shine or snow.

“The main question (from parents) is ‘what are you going to do in winter?’ And we will gear up and go out! There’s no such thing as bad weather if you have good gear,” Hermsen said.

She’s looking forward to many more days teaching kids about her passion.

Hermsen says she had planned to open this year with just 12 kids to get started, but there has been so much interest that 95 kids are now enrolled with a waitlist. Most classes happen twice a week.

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There’ll be shrimp ‘n’ grits on Forest Avenue! Sally’s Southern fires up its comfort food kitchen.

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — With onion soup au gratin, shrimp ‘n’ grits and a stunning sirloin steak, Sally’s Southern introduced its brand of comfort fare to Forest Avenue. Guests corralled in three outdoor seating areas at a kitchen test-run Tuesday night, allowing the kitchen to work out its kinks. The first official day of business will be Monday, Sept. 28, 2020.

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Sally’s Southern had a practice night on Sept. 15, 2020 with comfort fare like onion soup, steak and fried chicken.

“The practice night is what we always do before opening to the public,” said Peter Botros. He is co-owner of the corner eatery with Phil Farinacci.

Some of the highlights on the menu include chicken-fried steak, a chicken ‘n’ biscuit sandwich with vinegar-based cole slaw and a beefy burger with toppings like bleu cheese and caramelized onions. The restaurant will be open daily for lunch and dinner with a Saturday and Sunday brunch. The weekends will include a create-your-own-chicken-‘n’-waffles dish.

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Clams and oysters on the half shell

Farinacci explained, “You pick the type of chicken. You pick the type of waffle, You pick the type of sauce.”

On the Tuesday night practice dinner for “friends and family”, Botros quipped, “Rather than doing a soft opening, we choose to go for a chaotic stress test.”

He added, “We have all our friends and family come and push the restaurant, kitchen and service staff to learn where our weaknesses are so that we can adjust before opening day.”

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The tap selections include custom designs by Flagship Brewing Co., Tompkinsville

Staff brought a form sheet for guests to fill out as a critique. Botros and Farinacci combed over the comments on Wednesday.

“We had great feedback about our food and definitely learned a lot about what we need to do in order to help make the kitchen more efficient,” said Botros. The upshot: Botros reckons that the 52-item menu (with sides) might ned to be cut down “to increase speed and timing efficiency in the kitchen.”

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Onion soup au gratin

The moniker “Sally’s” hails from Farinacci’s late mother who passed away last year from cancer. Ten of her recipes were retrofitted to the menu, which is partially written in script with a font that mimics Sally’s distinct handwriting. In fact, the restaurant’s logo and namesake are presented in her actual style of signature. Also as homage to Sally are Polaroid-style images in the foyer of the restaurant.

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Waffle fries

Farinacci called the start up to the restaurant an “emotional roller coaster” and complimented Botros on the variety of food, menu, design and build-out of the “shrine” to his mother.

“I still barely can walk by it without tears filling my eyes,” he said.

In a residential-looking home, Sally’s has two levels eventually open to the public with prep areas in the basement. The first floor has a bar and lounge, as well as a dining room with a kitchen at the back. There is a curved section of windows that serves as

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Injured elephant remains in interior forest

Efforts by the Forest Department to tranquillise and treat an injured wild elephant within the limits of Mettupalayam forest range were stalled as the ailing animal continued to remain in interior forest.

Officials with the Department said that the male elephant with multiple piercing wounds on its body was stationed at least five km away from the forest boundary on Tuesday.

I. Anwardeen, Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Coimbatore Circle), said that the tusker aged around 25 was stationed at an elevated place named Thaneerpallam on the lower slopes of the Nilgiris on Tuesday.

The area is rich in terms of the availability of water and fodder and the elephant did not move to other places. The official added that the elephant will be tranquillised only when it comes to a plain terrain.

Two kumkis – Suyambu and Venkatesh – from Chadivayal elephant camp and their handlers were camping near Nellithurai reserve forest area where the injured tusker was last spotted on September 12.

Though the elephant remained in interior forest, the field staff of the department were placing fruits stuffed with medicines for the animal based on the directions of veterinarians. Cameras were also placed in the forest to check whether the elephant was taking the fruits.

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Online Friendly Communication Between Experts of Chinese Classical Lion Forest Garden and Italian Boboli Gardens

On September 11, 2020, at 09:30am CEST, the online friendly communication between experts of Chinese classical Lion Forest Garden and Italian Boboli Gardens was successfully held. Suzhou Municipal Bureau of Landscape and Forestry, leaders of Lion Forest Garden and Italian experts of Boboli Gardens gathered on the Internet to exchange views on the cultural characteristics, heritage protection, tourism services and youth education of Lion Forest Garden and Italian Boboli Gardens.

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Sino-Italy Delegates Video Conference (Photo: Business Wire)

At the beginning of the meeting, Chinese and Italian experts first introduced Lion Forest Garden and Italian Boboli Gardens respectively. The Lion Forest Garden has been built in the Yuan Dynasty and has a history of more than 670 years. It is one of the representatives of Chinese classical gardens, which is located in Suzhou, a famous cultural city with a history of 2500 years. Besides, Lion Forest Garden covers an area of 14 mu (almost 9333 square meters). Its elaborate design reflects the profound artistic conception of Chinese culture. At the 24th UNESCO World Heritage Committee meeting in 2000, Lion Forest Garden was formally inscribed in the World Heritage List.

During the meeting, both Lion Forest Garden and Boboli Gardens demonstrated their unique charms as representatives of classical gardens in China and Italy. The communication was pragmatic and efficient with fruitful results. Zhang Jie, the director of Lion Forest Garden Management Office, said: “We have established a friendly garden partnership with Italian Boboli Gardens, we have discussed and exchanged management experiences on heritage protection, strengthen publicity and try to hold exhibitions in each gardens, for introducing the precious historical and cultural heritage shared by mankind.” At the meeting, both sides have enhanced mutual understanding and deepened friendship by issuing mutual visit invitations and exchanging gifts with local characteristics.

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Dan Pearson’s Japanese forest garden offers a fresh and sensitive approach to horticulture

She writes: “When we grow perennials, we sometimes meet a moment of chaos… Chaos can be romantic in the garden, but on the other hand it can soon look tired. We enjoy the time we have had with the plants so far and then we make a bold step change at the right time for the garden.”

A reverence for the right time permeates the Millennium Garden. As part of her training, Shintani worked as a traditional gardener, where she learned “self-discipline, diligence and devotion”. This ethic underpins everything carried out at Tokachi.

Gardeners often carry out tasks silently, in awe of the mountains that dominate the landscape. There is, too, a constant awareness of every season. We are familiar with the idea that cherry blossom is celebrated in Japan, but the 72 seasonal changes recorded in the ancient Japanese calendar provide regular prompts to respect the beauty of evanescence.

Throughout the turning year, there is a phrase for each five-day shift: “The earthworms rise, The plums turn yellow, white dew on the grass.” This close observation is a constant reminder of the passing of time, of the coming of death to us all.

But each natural change is also a cause for celebration. Under the veranda of the Garden Café is a display table, an encouragement to look closely at an arrangement of whatever foliage, flowers, or produce is in season.

Pearson has brought home much of what he has absorbed from Tokachi. In his West Country base at Hillside, the land is worked only enough to support the life he shares with his partner, Huw Morgan, who acted as editorial and creative director of this beautiful book. (Commitment to the Japanese aesthetic was also shared by Julie Weiss, the book’s designer.)

Pearson says that through the experience, “we have learnt to prize the small and the fleeting”. At this time of year, pears are gathered and spaced out on a wooden table. Dahlias are picked, each in its own small vase for closer inspection.

Satoyama is practised in the garden, where a dialogue is being established with nature that aims for balance and diversity. At Hillside, repetitive tasks are celebrated, the pace of life is slower and modest undiscovered beauty waits to be revealed. The influence of Japan has been potent.

Tokachi Millennium Forest by Dan Pearson (£40, Filbert Press). Order your copy from books.telegraph.co.uk. 

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