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The Red List of US Oaks

The Red List of US Oaks report details for the first time the distributions, population trends, and threats facing all 91 native oak species in the U.S. using the IUCN Red List threat assessment platform, including updated versions of previously published assessments. The publication serves as a baseline for our current understanding of the state of the country’s oak trees and an authoritative guide for future conservation action.

2019 Report of the FABLE Consortium: Pathways to Sustainable Land-Use and Food Systems

The Food, Agriculture, Biodiversity, Land-Use, and Energy (FABLE) Consortium is a collaborative
initiative, operating as part of the Food and Land-Use Coalition, to understand how countries
can transition towards sustainable land-use and food systems. In particular, we ask how countries
can collectively meet associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the objectives of
the Paris Agreement. These objectives include food security and healthy diets for all, decent rural

Genetic homogenisation of two major orchid viruses through global trade‐based dispersal of their hosts

Orchid viruses are capable of causing flower deformities and death, which can severely
impact the horticultural industry and wild orchid conservation. Here we show
how two of these quickly evolving viruses display few genetic differences since their
first emergence, across countries and host plants. This is concerning as, despite biosecurity
regulations to control the movement of orchids and their related pathogens,
these patterns are suggestive of rapid and regular international movement of horticultural

2019 Park and Recreation Salary Survey Key Findings

The 2019 NRPA Park and Recreation Salary Survey report presents compensation data by agency size, type and certain demographic characteristics of incumbents in the positions (e.g., education, certifications and years in the profession). The analysis also examines factors that determine pay raises and bonuses (if offered) and highlights other benefits that comprise the full compensation package for park and recreation professionals.

URBAN TREE CANOPY ASSESSMENT: A Community’s Path to Understanding and Managing the Urban Forest

An Urban Tree Canopy (UTC) assessment, which provides a measure of a community’s tree canopy cover, is important for understanding the extent of a community’s forest or tree resource. UTC assessments are often used for establishing and implementing municipal tree canopy goals as part of broader urban greening and sustainability initiatives.

UN Report: Nature’s Dangerous Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Species Extinction Rates ‘Accelerating’

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history – and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the summary of which was approved at the 7th session of the IPBES Plenary meeting in Paris. Below you will find a summary of the report. 

Policy Considerations for STEAM Education

Limited funding for STEAM education can create barriers that hamper program
offerings, student participation, staffing, professional development, resources or
access to after-school programs. States have taken innovative approaches to fund
programs through a variety of federal and state sources to help address these issues. This resource provides exampes of STEAM in action, including Alaska Botanical Garden and other organizations. 

IMPLEMENTING CLIMATE AMBITION: Global Covenant of Mayors 2018 Global Aggregation Report

Building upon an initial 6000+ cities committed to GCoM at the time of the signing of the Paris Agreement, cities continue to make significant and ambitious commitments to meet the climate challenge. An additional 1,600+ cities have committed to the initiative in 2018, continuing momentum and joining the thousands of cities that are stepping up to act, register and measure
their progress.

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