The Thalweg - 2013 Summer Solstice Issue

June 21, 2013
By Jon Dauzvardis

Happy first day of Summer!  Here's what is happending in the 2013 Summer Solstice edition of the Thalweg: 

  • Project news: What’s the Difference Between Ecological Restoration, Enhancement, Creation and Preservation?  To learn the difference, read on at our Conservation Banking Projects page;
  • Regulatory news: The White House announces new federal guidance that promotes an ecosystem services approach to help evaluate the effects of a Federal project and better quantify the value of an ecosystem or watershed abd what ir contributes to our economy and well-being.  Find out more at Regulatory News;
  • Ecofact: Summer Solstice Facts and Myth

    The summer solstice occurs when the tilt of the earth, in either the northern or the southern hemisphere, is most inclined toward the sun. This celestial phenomenon results in the longest period of daylight and marks the official first day of summer.

    The Celts & Slavs celebrated the first day of summer with dancing & bonfires to help increase the sun's energy. The Chinese marked the day by honoring Li, the Chinese Goddess of Light. Perhaps the most enduring modern ties with Summer Solstice were the Druids' celebration of the day as the "wedding of Heaven and Earth", resulting in the present day belief of a "lucky" wedding in June.

    This year's summer solstice in the northern hemisphere is today, Friday, June 21, 2013 — giving us that much needed excuse to get out of the office and enjoy the longest summer evening of the year.

  • Seasonal to-do list: Watering and Weeding

    Watering of newly planted trees and shrubs and weed management are the most critical maintenance measures for establishment and success of recently installed mitigation or planting projects.  A lack of water and the proliferation of competitive noxious and invasive weeds are the primary cause of project failure and will delay final approval of regulated projects.  Focus your time and resources on watering and weed control in the short term and you will see dramatic results and avoid replacement costs in the long run. 

You can find the 2013 Summer Solstice issue of the Thalweg by clicking here.

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