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The Science and Practice of Managing Forests in Cities

The past few months have highlighted the importance of parks and nature in cities. Urban natural areas are critical as refugia, protecting biodiversity and mitigating the impacts of climate change all while contributing to the health and wellbeing of...

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6/30/20
Managing Historic Grasslands in an Era of Climate Change

Historic urban grasslands include greenspaces of historic value designed for passive and active recreation in the human built environment. Urban grasslands such as cemeteries and parks present unique challenges to landscapes designed in the early...

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4/20/20
New Tools for Identifying and Prioritizing Range Shifting Invasive Plants

Join Jenica Allen and Bethany Bradley to learn about new tools for identifying and prioritizing range-shifting invasive plants coming soon to a landscape near you. Whether you’re a property owner, land manager, landscape professional, or policymaker,...

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11/25/19
Urban plant diversity in Los Angeles, California: Species and functional type turnover in cultivated landscapes

Urbanization is a large driver of biodiversity globally. Within cities, urban trees, gardens, and residential yards contribute extensively to plant biodiversity, although the consequences and mechanisms of plant cultivation for biodiversity are...

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9/27/19
Breeding and Restoring the Next Generation American Elm

Iconic tree species include those native trees that once dominated the typical American city landscape. The American elm and chestnut are the first two that come to mind, and now ash trees are similarly under significant threat of loss. The USDA Forest...

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9/26/19
Lean on Me: Recommendations for Heritage Tree Support at the Morris Arboretum

The history of the Morris Arboretum can be told through its eldest trees. Every scar and abnormality present on these immense specimens inspire awe, enrich visitor experience, and provide a glimpse into the past of the gardens. They also act as living...

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9/16/19
Finding Urban Trees for a Changing World

Trees planted in cities face many survival challenges, but when they thrive they make our cities healthier, less hot, and more beautiful. Historically, professionals have planted the same familiar trees over and over in cities since they are a safe bet...

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9/12/19
Insect Apocalypse? What Is Really Happening, Why It Matters and How Natural Area Managers Can Help

You can thank insect pollinators for one third of every mouthful of food that you eat. Without small flies in streams for young fish to eat – your last grilled salmon would have been impossible. If you like songbirds, you can thank an insect – 96...

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8/6/19
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...

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8/1/19
The Role of Honey Bees in Natural Areas - A Conversation

Talk 1, Rich Hatfield: 
Honey Bees in the Pollination Networks of Natural Areas? An Overview and Best Management Practices 

The question of whether introduced honey bees belong on public lands and natural areas in North America has been...

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5/3/19
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge

This presentation reveals how gardens efforts have helped surpass the goals of the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge! 

Highlights:

  • Top Pollinator Planting Towns and Cities
  • Garden Impact on Pollinator Diversity and
  • ...
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3/13/19
The Salt Dilemma: Growing Better Urban Trees in Northern Climates

Can urban trees and city winter weather protocols peacefully co-exist? Join us for a discussion of the latest research findings related to successfully growing trees under these conditions. Dr. Andrew Millward will walk us through his investigation of...

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2/11/19
New Research and BMPs in Natural Areas: A Synthesis of the Pollinator Management Symposium from the 44th Natural Areas Conference, October 2017

To address the growing interest and expressed need for pollinator management strategies a special pollinator symposium was held at the 2017 annual conference of the Natural Areas Association, curated by William Carromero of the US Forest Service and...

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1/9/19
Forest Health and Biotechnology: Possibilities and Considerations

The American chestnut, whitebark pine, and several species of ash in the eastern United States are just a few of the North American tree species that have been functionally lost or are in jeopardy of being lost due to outbreaks of pathogens and insect...

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1/8/19
Natural Areas Management Plan for Matthaei Botanical Gardens: Nichols Arboretum, Horner- McLaughlin Woods, and Mud Lake Bog Cody

The purpose of a Natural Areas Land Management Plan for the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is to create a forward-focused systematic document that covers the most essential topics for land management. The ecological history of...

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12/28/18
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...

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12/13/18
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...

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12/3/18
Pollinator Value of NRCS Plant Releases used in Conservation Plantings

The Plant Materials Program of the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service has been involved in the collection, evaluation, selection and increase of conservation plants for over 75 years. The Plant Materials Centers (PMC), and their conservation...

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9/11/18
Ensuring Pollinator Health and Resilience

A special pollinator symposium was held, curated by William Carromero of the USFS and Lisa Smith of the Natural Areas Association. New research, management and restoration practices, and BMPs for pollinators in specific landscape scenarios were...

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3/16/18
A Citizen’s Guide to Creating Pollinator Habitat in Connecticut

This guide is applicable to other states and is a good framework for those interested in creating pollinator habitat. 

Pollination – the transfer of pollen from a male anther to a female stigma – is basic to the sexual reproduction of flowering...

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2/9/18