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9th Annual Ithaca Native Landscape Symposium​
Landscape Fundamentals in a Changing World
March 10th & 11th, 2017 


We live and work in a changing world.  Technology, industrialization, and growth, plus natural and unnatural factors we don’t even understand, are changing the ecology of our entire planet, even as we are learning how to understand the changes.  Elaborate tapestries of thousands of species, including humans, must be always evolving if they want to survive.  And yes, landscapes are changing too—natural landscapes in the wild, built landscapes in our cities and towns, and even the ways we, as professionals and caretakers of landscapes, view them.

All of us who work with natural or built landscapes strive to improve the world around us.  But, how do we do these things?  How do we succeed when the target keeps moving, or the game keeps changing?  How do we make the world better and more beautiful through landscapes?


  • We help by learning more about the delicate but resilient natural world, which informs design.

  • We grow by exposure to the work of other like-minded professionals in other regions of the country.

  • We discover the surprising adaptability, or vulnerability, of species as they respond to unforeseen changes in their habitats and environment.  

INLS 2017 will focus on the role of native species in our landscapes, and how native plants, birds, pollinators, landscapes and environments are doing in our dynamic and rapidly changing world.  

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