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Feedback: Loved the story about Brandon Hartz (https://nihrecord.gov/newsletters/2017/04_07_2017/story3.htm). I’m wondering if Mr. Hartz would be willing to give a talk on creating pollinator gardens for employees?
Response from Brandon Hartz, Office of Research Facilities: I am always more than willing to share my landscape-related knowledge and experiences to anyone with an interested ear. Please feel free to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (240) 479-0214 to discuss this speaking opportunity.
For other NIH staff members who have landscape-related questions or requests, there are a number of ways I can be of assistance. I commonly field individual email requests from NIH staff regarding identifying plant species on campus. Every now and then a request will necessitate a longer explanation of things like: the environmental benefits of the no-mow naturalized areas, the assembly and function of campus stormwater features like pervious paving/green roofs or the purpose of the tree snags left to decay in place for wildlife forage and shelter.
Feel free to reach out to me directly with requests for information regarding both the macro and micro issues affecting the campus landscape. I will do my best to answer any question in a reasonable amount of time. For topics where there is lots of staff interest, I would be happy to give talks in a larger forum; I thrive on outreach and sharing of information. In the past I’ve lectured at universities and presented at industry conventions and can do this for staff benefit as well.