Tag Archives: Mitigation Plan

The Moss Garden at Mid-Mitigation

We have been on this property for two and a half years–exactly halfway through the five-year Mitigation Period–and I began my ‘Do Over’ in the clearing in February of 2011.   Because of the naturally occurring native mosses here and there, … Continue reading

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October, year over year…over year

All photos on the left taken by the Mitigation Planner, October 5, 2010.  Center photos taken by me October 8, 2011.  Photos on the right taken by me October 7, 2012.

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Replacement, Addition, Enhancement, Again

In my experience, the adaptive response of most common nursery plants, when excessively pruned, is to die.   In a previous life, my wife worked for a decade or so in the wholesale floral industry.  When she expressed an interest in … Continue reading

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Didn’t see that one coming

One late-August Saturday I went out to the patio with my morning coffee, as is my wont.  While admiring the splashes of sunlight on my mosses I noticed that the mountain beavers, inactive for a month and a half or so, were … Continue reading

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The Moss Garden at Midsummer

If someone had said to me in the fall of 2010, “These next two winters are going to be miserably cold, wet, and long.  You should totally get out there and garden like crazy almost every day!’  I’d have been … Continue reading

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Confined dining

The only real visible aspect of the original Mitigation Plan is the fence that runs along two sides of our home.  The fence is supposed to keep my family and me, as well as anything else we might have, on … Continue reading

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green, or ‘Green?’ Part Four

By the time the romantic, wild nature of the Hudson River Valley was painted, there were already farms and mills dotting the ‘Wilderness.’  Fortunately for Horace Greeley and the principle of Manifest Destiny, most of the artists chose not to … Continue reading

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green, or ‘Green?’ Part Three

It would have been easy, upon the death of the plants in the Mitigation Plan, for me to have said ‘&*%$# THIS!’ and gone on to just do whatever I want.  After all, once my $5,000 Survival Bond was encumbered and locked … Continue reading

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green, or ‘Green?’ Part Two

Public ecological policy is less driven by science or need, in my opinion, than by political will and public perception.  This has led to the rise of a new class of Pharisee, named by someone smarter than I the ‘political … Continue reading

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green, or ‘Green?’

I got out of my car the other day at the same time as the driver in the spot next to me.  Wild-eyed and a bit disheveled, she fairly shrieked at me: “You’re killing the planet with your SUV, one-percenter!” Did … Continue reading

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