Thursday, January 11, 2024
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Creating spaces that foster human and ecological health often requires planning and problem solving.
How do I remove invasives without damaging a stream bank? Is there a simple way to stop erosion on a slope behind my house? What plants should I use in the understory or near water? How do I host the most wildlife?
We will explore these questions plus practical considerations for preparing your site, how you might incorporate structure and whether you might need permits.
Charles Smith is an ecologist and native of Arlington, VA with 32 years of experience natural resource inventory, planning, management and monitoring. He has worked in public lands management overseeing natural resource inventory, planning and management for systems as large as 23,000 acres including forested ecosystems, grasslands, wetlands creation and restoration and riparian corridor and riverine system restoration.
Charles is retiring from Fairfax County Government where he worked for over 26 years managing natural resources and programs and most recently worked in the Stormwater Planning Division focusing on stream and riparian corridor restoration. Charles is a US Army veteran, board member of the Virginia Native Plant Society, and a certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner with the Society for Ecological Restoration.