Tree and Soil Research Blog Site Launched!

Research supported design for soils and trees. Photo credit: James Urban

Research supported design for soils and trees.
Photo credit: James Urban

For the past year, the Tree and Soil Research Subcommittee of ASLA, comprised of Jim Urban, FASLA, Chair, José Almiñana, FASLA, Eric Kramer, ASLA, and Peg Staeheli, FASLA,  has been working on ways to engage ASLA members in tree and soil research. This includes making the existing research more easily accessible to members, helping them to incorporate research into their own practice, and encouraging members to participate in new research efforts. To that end, the subcommittee, with the support of ASLA staff, is launching the Tree and Soil Research Blog to serve as a platform for discussions on tree and soil research. The site is intended to allow members to ask questions, post their own experiences related to research, develop community discussions and research-based best practices, and give researchers the opportunity to post their work for review and discussion.

Healthy trees, quickly establishing in an urban plaza. Photo credit: James Urban

Healthy trees quickly establishing in an urban plaza.
Photo credit: James Urban

The committee has developed several blog examples below to display how the posts will look and serve to begin discussions on several issues. Users of the site are encouraged to respond with questions, comments, additional research related to specific questions or experiences, and contribute original research. Additional comments and blog postings are encouraged to help build a profession-wide discussion on topics that relate to the issues of trees, plants, and soil. Submissions will be monitored by the committee members to assure that content meets the criteria shown on the site. For additional information on comment and entry guidelines, review the Entry Guidelines. The Tree and Soil Research Subcommittee is grateful for ASLA’s continuing financial and staff support on this venture and we look forward to hearing from you on the blog!