The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service is a lead partner this year of National Public Gardens Week.
Here are a few of the programs the USDAFS has funded at Association member gardens.
CONSERVING CONIFERS AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CHANGE
Since 2015, Cornell Botanic Gardens has been working with the Dorena Genetic Resource Center, the USDA Forest Service’s regional service center for genetics in the Pacific Northwest, in Oregon. Part of the work at Dorena is to propagate tree seedlings that might have resistance to various diseases and pests. Read more
A HIGH ALTITUDE ALPINE GARDEN AT MOUNT GOLIATH
Thanks to a long-standing relationship between Denver Botanic Gardens and the U.S. Forest Service, Mount Goliath Natural Area is the world’s highest constructed rock garden. Read more
ARBORETUM STAFF WORK TO CONSERVE GENETIC DIVERSITY OF RARE TEXAS OAKS
Since 2016, the UC Davis Arboretum and Public Garden has been working on a collaborative tree gene conservation project focusing on rare and threatened oaks in West Texas with funding from the American Public Gardens Association and the US Forest Service. Read more
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University is partnering with the USDA Forest Service to protect our forests using an early wood boring beetle detection project. With introductions of exotic pests (e.g., emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle) having severe consequences on forest health, the partnership seeks to identity new wood-inhabiting insects before they become significant problems. Arnold Arboretum arborists diligently collect wood from declining trees on the grounds and place the material into beetle emergence chambers. After the beetles emerge from the wood the US Forest Service identifies the beetles and collects data that helps with prevention, detection, control and management, and restoration and rehabilitation. Through this survey, the Forest Service has collected over 20 known exotic insect species, resulting in several new host associations. If you would like to see one of the beetle emergence chambers in person, visit the Arboretum during National Public Gardens Week and then pop in to the Visitor Center to take a look at our new interpretive panels highlighting this vitally important partnership.