Xeriscape in the City Highlights At-risk Habitats

Eastern prickly pear

By Devin Floyd April 29th, 2020 At this high-traffic urban corner we are engaging the public with an educational exhibit highlighting some rare, local ecosystems. This work has become part of our brand – the creation of outdoor interactive exhibits of local natural history (plants, animals, fungi, geology, etc). With southern exposure and ideal site […]

Habitat Suppression and the Loss of Species

The Issue Hiding in the Shadow of Climate Change Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We are experiencing a significant global ecological event. The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all of us, mentally and/or physically. In our general state of quarantine, if we have our health, there are things we can do in honor […]

Oakencroft Burn

Flames at Oakencroft with silhouette in background

By Ezra Staengl A long line of fire stretched across the contour of the hill, slowly burning upslope towards the ash coated ground that had already been burned.  The fire moved quickly and thoroughly through dense stiltgrass thatch that completely obscured the ground, but when it encountered patches of taller perilla or wingstem it shot […]

Prescribed Burn: Back Yard Prairie Restoration

controlled burn in backyard - during the burn and after the burn

By Devin Floyd On March 16, 2020, The CUH Stewardship Team accomplished a small prescribed burn in an HOA regulated neighborhood. The burn was implemented at the site of a 2,000 sq.ft. prairie restoration experiment. The experiment has been focused on quantifying methods and costs for converting lawns that are dominated by tough non-native species […]

Question: What are the top 5 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better? (Part 3 of 5)

Native lawn in front of a small, white home

A new aesthetic: The new All-American lawn By Devin Floyd   “Punishing residents for taking care of the life we share the land with is irresponsible. It promotes ignorance, and it robs our children of place-based knowledge.” I dream of a new All-American Lawn: one that is beautiful, handles its own storm water (slowing it […]

Question: What are the top 5 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better? (Part 2 of 5)

2 people, holding hands, walking in a tunnel waterway

Daylight Streams By Devin Floyd Devin Floyd, Executive Director of Center for Urban Habitats, was asked to represent the environmental faction of the Charlottesville Area community in a feature article in the Cville Weekly newspaper. Along with other representatives of various factions of society, he contributed short responses to the following question: “What are the […]

Question: What are the top 5 things you would like to see changed in Charlottesville/Albemarle that would make our community better? (Part 1 of 5)

close up photo of children holding pine cones

Environmental Education  By Devin Floyd Devin Floyd, Executive Director of Center for Urban Habitats, was asked to represent the environmental faction of the Charlottesville Area community in a feature article in the Cville Weekly newspaper. Along with other representatives of various factions of society, he contributed short responses to the following question: “What are the […]

Voucher Workday: Reporting Discoveries, Empowering Education and Conservation

By Ezra Staengl, December 5, 2019 CUH field techs Drew, Emily, and I tromped through our 400 square meter sample plot in a field next to Route 20 near Charlottesville.  It was not a high integrity grassland by any means — by far the most abundant species was wingstem, an extremely common species able to […]