environmental planning, ecological restoration, mountain cedar, ashe juniper, water conservation, green infrastructure, texas hill country

Elizabeth McGreevy Restoration Ecology

Austin, Texas

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Introduction:           The Trees We Love to Hate



FROM RESPECT TO HATE     

               Chapter 1     Historically, A Respected Tree

               Chapter 2     Fall from Grace

               Chapter 3     The Trees We Love to Hate

DEBUNKING THE CEDAR TALL TALES

Character          Chapter 4     It’s a Cedar

               Chapter 5     It Isn’t Even Native

               Chapter 6     It’s Just a Bush

                         side chapter 6a: Where did the Pole-cedars Go?

                         side chapter 6b: Mountain Cedars vs. Eastern Red Cedars

               Chapter 7     They’re Short Lived

               Chapter 8     Their Pollen is a Health Hazard

               Chapter 9     It’s a Fire Hazard

                         side chapter 9a:  Make Your Home More Fire Safe

Growth          Chapter 10     Cedars are Invasive

                         side chapter 10a: The Hill Country Was Not an Endless Sea of Grass

                         side chapter 10b: What is A Cedar Brake?

               Chapter 11     Nothing Grows Under Them

                         side chapter 11a: On Flakes and Mulch

               Chapter 12     They Cause Erosion

                         side chapter 12a: Is Grass Better than Cedar?

Water               Chapter 13     Hill Country Water Wars

               Chapter 14     Cedars Dried Up Historical Springs

                         side chapter 14a: What is Karst Geology?

               Chapter 15     Cedar Cutting Increases Spring Flows     

               Chapter 16     Cedar is a Water Hog

                         side chapter 16a: How Deep Do They Suck?

                         side chapter 16b: Why They’re Not Choking our Oaks

               Chapter 17     They Intercept Most of our Rain

               Chapter 18     Clearing Cedars Recharges Aquifers

                         side chapter 18a: Do Cedars Increase Groundwaters?

                         side chapter 18b: The Need to Rehydrate Our Soils

FINAL WRAP UP     

               Chapter 19     Learning from Mountain Cedars


Appendix A: Native Plants that Grow Under Mountain Cedars

References


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