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Madison Square Park Tree Conservation Plan: A Canopy for the Future

This tree plan, not only comprises a history of trees that once stood in the Park and catalogues the trees currently standing, but also directs the succession and maintenance of the tree canopy that future generations of Park users will enjoy. As we plant for the future, the canopy will include a greater diversity of trees, increasing the overall health of our urban forest and making it less susceptible to disease. Species will be chosen as well for four-season interest, vibrant fall color, and a variety of barks, flowers, and shapes.

The Branding of Botanical Gardens for the 21st Century

The purpose of this study is to look at botanical gardens, in light of their unique and diverse initiatives, and seek to discover attempts at, and the success of, destination branding in the tourism sector. There was a relatively small group of diverse, botanical gardens chosen to survey, to determine the degree branding plays a part in the strategic planning, product development and marketing in, and of, the sector of botanical gardens.

Using herbaria to study global environmental change

During the last centuries, humans have transformed global ecosystems. With their temporal
dimension,herbaria provide the otherwise scarce long-termdata crucial for trackingecological and
evolutionarychangesover thisperiodof intense global change.The sheer sizeof herbaria, together
with their increasing digitization and the possibility of sequencing DNA from the preserved plant
material,makes theminvaluable resources for understanding ecological and evolutionary species’

Native Plant Conservation Campaign Resources

The Native Plant Conservation Campaign (NPCC) fights for the native plants that
give life, that sustain this planet’s stunning biological diversity, that make up our glorious natural
landscapes and that keep us all alive - and also to support the extraordinary people who work to
understand and conserve these amazing organisms. The NPCC developed within the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). Today, the NPCC has 49 Affiliate groups representing

Forest Management Framework for New York City

NYC’s forested natural areas provide important benefits to the city including high-quality recreation, enhanced biodiversity, and improved air and water quality. The Natural Areas Conservancy (NAC) and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (NYC Parks) have developed a 25-year Forest Management Framework intended to guide the restoration and management of NYC Parks’ 7,300 acres of forested natural areas. The framework, NYC’s first citywide forest management

The history and impact of digitization and digital data mobilization on biodiversity research

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have seen a rapid rise in the mobilization of digital biodiversity data. This has thrust natural history museums into the forefront of biodiversity research, underscoring their central role in the modern scientific enterprise. The advent of mobilization

Botanic gardens are an untapped resource for studying the functional ecology of tropical plants

Functional traits are increasingly used to understand the ecology of plants and to predict their responses to global changes. Unfortunately, trait data are unavailable for the majority of plant species. The lack of trait data is especially prevalent for hard-to-measure traits and for tropical plant species, potentially owing to the many inherent difficulties of working with species in remote, hyperdiverse rainforest systems.

Ten-Year Performance of the United States National Elm Trial

Ulmus americana (American elm) was an important urban tree in North America prior to the introduction of the Dutch elm disease pathogen in 1930. Subsequently, urban and community forests were devastated by the loss of large canopies. Tree improvement programs produced disease tolerant American and Eurasian elm cultivars and introduced them into the nursery industry. However, consumer acceptance was slow.


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