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Daycare and Environmental Health

Perhaps COVID will provide some greater awakening on the interdependence of biodiversity and human health. Our contracting services SoilKeepers and the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative enhance soil, plant, and animal biodiversity for residential, estate, and agricultural clients in the mid-Atlantic region. https://www.sciencealert.com/daycares-in-finland-built-a-backyard-forest-and-it-changed-children-s-immune-systems

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Siller Pollinator Company Native Bee Habitats

The Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative is proud to add a new contractor Partner – the Siller Pollinator Company. This addition to our suite of services allows us to not only create and maintain pollinator habitat providing nectar and pollen and Winter shelter for a variety of insects, but now also to provide homes specifically for […]

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Northern Virginia Landowner Funds Beaver Habitat Restoration Feasibility Study

The Rapidan Institute in Partnership with the Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative (contractor) has received approval of a proposal to study creation of North American Beaver habitat for a tributary of Goose Creek, in the Potomac watershed. Locations for the creation of Beaver Dam Analogs (BDAs) will be evaluated and a construction budget will be created. […]

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VT Pollinator Friendly Forage Study

https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2020/02/ext-beesforage.html

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More Habitat Project Images

Mid-Summer from our work at Montpelier with the great folks at Center for Urban Habitats. Rudbeckia is fading a bit but still very beautiful with native warm season grasses coming on. This is from the lower and wetter part of this field. Unlike the upper field we did not get a good burn here. While […]

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Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

It May Take Decades or Centuries to Create Meadow and Prairie Biodiversity

https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/07/15/1922266117\ This blog provides information and commentary that may not represent the views of the Center’s Directors and Advisors

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Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

The Search for Pre-European Floodplain Relics

Old friend and colleague Dave Hirschman penned this ode to this tree of our Virginia floodplains a few days ago. Along with Sycamore, and others, it’s a great bookend to our recent post – In Praise of Elymus – where our focus was on the dominant native grasses of these same floodplains. Floodplain restoration in […]

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Better Profits through Healthy Soil Biology

Years ago I gave a talk at UMass Ecological Landscape Conference showing multi-year soil test results from some of our projects. The results portrayed substantial soil organic matter (SOM) increases from 3-4 years of compost + soil biology inoculants. Lots of discussion about whether its really possible to substantially improve soil chemistry and biology in […]

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Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative

Virginia Wildlife Habitat Cooperative Spring 2020 Project Highlights

See photos of our projects.