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Winter Drought effects on Ratibida pinnata reproductive ecology

MIssouri experienced winter droughts in 2013, 2014, 2017, and 2018 which potentially impacted the native plants and their pollination systems at Shaw Nature Reserve. Ratibida pinnata is a hardy, herbaceous perennial plant in the Asteraceae...

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11/15/18
Green-Wood Cemetery GIS Project

This is an example of how a historic landscape and public garden used GIS to map, track, and monitor tree health on their grounds. The presentation highlights how one might be able to use GIS at their public garden and some of the key features GIS...

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10/31/18
Planting Wildflowers for Pollinator Habitat

This presentation is for anyone who wants to create gardens or wildflower meadows to enhance pollinator habitat and provide season-long floral resources for bees. Cathy will discuss seed mixes and plant selection, site preparation, planting, and...

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10/30/18
Green Industry Survey of Native Plant Marketing in the Southeastern United State

Recent studies have shown that the use of native plants by landscape architects and contractors in the southeastern United States has increased as has the clientele interest level in native plants. Recommendations to increase the use of native species...

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9/17/18
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
Developing Native Plant Materials for Conservation & Landscape Restoratio

Native seed is in high demand, but the availability of suitable product varies. Habitat restoration and other conservation efforts rely heavily on appropriately sourced propagules. How can we begin to meet the challenge of developing adequate seed...

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6/22/18
Privet, Pollination and Preservation: Teaching about Conservation

The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens features two conservation-based field trip programs conducted for students: Eco-Health and Connect to Protect. Session attendees will first learn how to conduct scientific studies of ecological health of...

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6/19/18
Link Between Local Phenology and Climate Change

The Southeastern Virginia Phenology Network is a partnership between Old Dominion Univeristy (ODU) and Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The partnership started in 2010 with the purpose of assessing phenological change in native plants in respect to climate...

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4/23/18
An Update on New and Emerging Pests in the Pacific Northwest

Foresters and horticulturists should be aware of the risks of invasive species and should be updated on a regular basis regarding emerging pest threats. In the Pacific Northwest, many new potential threats to natural ...

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4/6/18
A Reforestation Profile of the U.S. Virgin Islands

This article profiles past and present deforestation and reforestation in the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with the geography and ecology of the three islands. The islands of St. Thomas and St. John form one ecological and cultural unit, whereas St....

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4/6/18
Generalized provisional seed zones for native plants

Deploying well-adapted and ecologically appropriate plant materials is a core component of successful restoration projects. The USDA Forest Service has developed generalized provisional seed zones that can be applied to any plant species in the United...

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3/29/18
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
Musings on Ecology, Art and Music in the Landscape

Darrel Morrison discusses why he is intrigued by the value of linking ecology and ecological processes with art and music in the design of landscapes that might be considered “ecological art.” The products of ecological art have the potential to be,...

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3/8/18
Landscaping with a Purpose – What’s Diversity Got To Do with It?

In the fragmented ecosystems where we live and work, the importance of diversity in our landscapes cannot be over emphasized. Diversity of native plants, insects, mammals, birds, amphibians…. They all play a crucial role in sustaining a healthy...

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3/8/18
The Power of Trees

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So...

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2/14/18
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
Harvesting Native Seed to Supply Landscape-Scale Restoration: Evaluating Risks and Sustainable Practices

Presenter: Justin Meissen, Research and Restoration Program Manager, University of Northern Iowa, Tallgrass Prairie Center

Seed supply limits large-scale restorations, which often rely on seed collection from remnant ecosystems. Overharvesting...

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1/30/18
The Evergreen Native Plant Database

The Native Plant Database is an easy-to-use resource for gardeners across Canada.

Browse for native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, grasses, aquatic and vine species by regions across...

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1/30/18
Native Plants for the Garden

To help gardeners include more native plants in their gardens, here is a collection of best YouTube videos about native plants and best growing practices. 

 

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12/20/17
Matching Appropriate Seed to Conservation Practices

Learn about ecotypes and ecological restoration planning tools for greater long term conservation planting success. This webinar is presented...

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11/16/17

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