Monthly Archives: January 2014

Chip Osborne + Organic turf

ChipPhotoTurfBlogIn our research on Earth Friendly Management, a name that kept coming up was one of the first people in the country to implement organic lawn care on an institutional basis – Chip Osborne from Marblehead, MA. The City of Marblehead was a pioneer in non-pesticide lawn management. This started in 1998, and Chip implemented the plan there. He knows a tremendous amount. You can learn more about his background from his website. Please take a look at  http://www.osborneorganics.com. The City of Malibu decided it could benefit greatly from a workshop from him. The Department of Parks & Recreation provided the space for a workshop that Chip gave on January 28 and 29 – Malibu Civic Center, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu.  All were welcome.

Malibu Parks and Rec. director Bob Stallings and manager Drew also hired Chip to do a soils assessment of bluffs park, trancas park. Chip included a soils analysis of the median on Pacific coast Highway. The Malibu Parks Dept. are currently reviewing Chips report that includes Chips recommendations. Then it will be presented to the city council for approval to move forward towards implementing organic practices on Malibu City ball fields and park turf. Fingers crossed there is the will and the funds for implementation.

 

 

The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The ‘Con’ in Conservation

Writer, Conservationist, Surgery Coach and Concerned Citizen of the Planet

I first heard the term “island eradication” back in 2011, when a colleague sent me an email that contained a project scoping notice from U.S. Fish & Wildlife (USFWS), San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex. This public notice announced a non-native mouse eradication project for the Farallon Islands, which are located 27 miles off the coast of San Francisco. The solemn tone of his words — “Have you seen this?” — quickly caught my attention.

As I read the document I couldn’t believe what was being contemplated. USFWS wants to use helicopters to drop 1.3 metric tons of brodifacoum (in the form of loose rat poison pellets) over the Farallon Islands, an area that has been designated as a National Wildlife Refuge. Nonnative mice are the issue. The ashy storm-petrel, a seabird that is considered aspecies of special concern, is being indirectly impacted by the presence of mice.

Photo of ashy storm-petrel courtesy of Wikipedia images. Photo taken by Duncan Wright Continue reading The Farallon Islands Mouse Eradication Project: The ‘Con’ in Conservation