Southern Sudan Plans for Animal Cities

The BBC ran this article a while back.  We thought you’d enjoy something a little different.
“The authorities in southern Sudan have unveiled a $10bn (£6.4bn) plan to rebuild the region’s cities in the shapes of animals and fruit.”

“In Juba, the office of the regional president is situated where the rhinoceros’s eye should be.  In Wau, the sewage treatment plant is appropriately placed under the giraffe’s tail.  There is talk that the town of Yambio will be shaped like a pineapple.”

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Happy Blogiversary Green Cities – and a contest!

We made it!! A year has flown by since we got the idea to make a blog to tell people what we’ve been up to, and encourage us to stay current on what the rest of the field is up to. A year of posts about exciting news from our five Green City Partnerships, frequently asked questions, spotlights on our amazing volunteers, information about native plants, other urban natural area efforts around the country and around the globe, and insightful editorials from our staff. We’re already exciting about this coming year!

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How did the invasive weeds get here?

Ivy - run for your life!

Many flowering invasives such as herb Robert and morning glory were planted by gardeners. Invasive knotweeds and English ivy were planted by landscapers for their ability to grow quickly and create natural fencing barriers. Non-native blackberry was cultivated for its fruit. Plants like the St. John’s wort were introduced for their medicinal benefits. Others such as Eurasian watermilfoil were accidentally brought across the oceans in shipments or carried on ship ballasts.

Whether they hitched a ride accidentally or were brought here on purpose, all of the invasive plants we remove at work parties have aggressively spread far beyond the expectations of those who originally brought them. The effects of this spread, unchecked by natural predators or conditions, now cause a major threat to the health of our native habitats here in the Pacific Northwest. To help restore these habitats to health in a city park or natural area near you, improving environmental functions such as stormwater control as well as caring for our valuable public greenspaces, volunteer with one of the Green City Partnerships.