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Rachel Rudd

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since Apr 04, 2018
Afton, WY
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After seeing this post, I wrote a quick blog entry about how I create a scaled base map. Creating a Scaled Basemap  I like to use both paper/pencil/engineer scale and CAD for different stages of design. By scaling the map I can print, draw by hand, scan back in, and rescale as much as needed.  You can also scale and overlay multiple screenshots such as boundary, soils, wetlands, ect and trace them in the cad program.  
1 month ago
Sorry Dado, I should have said that I was talking about the original poster, Margaret's picture. I agree with you that sheet mulching a new planting would be great. If you've ever seen the tree volcanoes of mulch, where the tree trunk's bark rots, that's what I worry about with sheet mulching an older planting. Even if you don't put the cardboard right up to the tree trunk, the rain could carry your mulch material up against it. I do really like your design though, it looks great!
6 months ago
Wow! Your place is moss heaven. Okay, so I don't think I would sheet mulch under the drip line of the trees. I think it would give you too much of a chance of covering the flare of the trunk of the tree. This is very harmful to the tree and can kill it. Why not design your own Guild of beneficial plants that can help those fruit trees into their senior years. There were a bunch of great ideas for plants in this thread. Then you can do your sheet mulching in the areas where there are no trees. The added benefits this is sheet mulching is really tiring. The more you can save your back the better!
6 months ago
Oh well, I'll have to come next year. My job doesn't end until June 5th. Thank you for looking into work trade though.
6 months ago
I was wondering if it would be a possibility to do a work trade for the ATC? I would love to attend, but just don't have the cash this year. Skills that I could trade are drafting, any kind of design you would do with the Adobe suite, or gardening. Also, a skill in my arsenal is design of campgrounds and RV parks. If you might be interested in this, I can send you samples of my work. This sounds like such a cool class, I figured it couldn't hurt to ask about work trade.Thanks!
6 months ago
Hi Kaci,
I am a special education paraprofessional for high school students. Do you think that the lessons in your book could be adapted to be used in a high school special education environment? This sounds like a really cool book!
Best,
Rachel
6 months ago
I'd like to play!  Whoever posts next will probably get a typed letter from Idaho, though. I have fallen in love with Google speech to text.
7 months ago
I used the Zotero plugin for Firefox when I was doing a lot of research.  It even keeps a copy of your digital articles, and if you have the patience, your scanned articles as well.  It also creates a nice works cited page that requires minimal tweaking.  
7 months ago
I thought that you all might be interested in taking a look at my Capstone project, which is sort of a Master's thesis for landscape architects.  The idea was to design a park on an abandoned mine site that maximized the land's ability to sequester carbon. I had to focus on one area of carbon sequestration (I only had a year to complete this), so I chose leaf litter decomposition.  Strangely enough, there is not a whole lot of research on the topic considering how important sequestering carbon is to our survival as a species.  Thankfully there are a few people doing the research, most notably Bjorn Berg and Charles McClaugherty, also Moore, et al in their study Litter decomposition rates in Canadian forests.  The project did come out showing an increase in sequestration through careful planting design and enhancing wetlands.  Thanks for taking a look!!
7 months ago