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A Landscape-Level Assessment of Restoration Resource Allocation for the Eastern Monarch Butterfly

The Monarch butterfly eastern population (Danaus plexippus) is in decline primarily due to habitat loss. Current habitat restoration programs focus on re-establishing milkweed, the primary food resource for Monarch caterpillars, in the central United...

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5/25/21
Terpen-tales: The mystery behind the unique fragrance of lavender

Even the mention of lavender evokes the distinct fragrance of the flower. This beautiful flower has been used to make perfumes and essential oils since time immemorial. The aesthetics of the flower have captured imaginations worldwide. So what makes...

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5/18/21
Chicago Region 2020 Tree Census

The Morton Arboretum has released the results of its 2020 Chicago region tree census. Findings include the loss of an estimated 6 million ash trees, felled by the emerald ash borer. Chicago's canopy cover decreased from 19% to 16%, largely because of...

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5/4/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

This article from Frontiers in Forests and Global Change explores large-scale global reforestation goals in the US. The authors used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters, and literature synthesis to assess the opportunities and...

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4/29/21
Mt. Cuba Center Native Bee Survey

Results are in from one of the most significant studies ever completed on Delaware’s bees. From 2018-2019, Mt. Cuba Center partnered with Matthew J. Sarver of Sarver Ecological to scientifically measure which species of bees were attracted to our...

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4/29/21
Moving Field Guide: A Kinesthetic Approach to Environmental Education

Join Cassie Meador and Dr. Jamē McCray for an experiential workshop to introduce Moving Field Guide techniques and model kinesthetic activities you can use to support learners of all ages in connecting to their bodies, each other, and their environment...

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4/16/21
Plastic Pots and The Green Industry: Production, Use, Disposal and Environmental Impacts

The green industry is the driver of plastic plant pot production and use. This report describes the
development of this industry, its phenomenal growth and successes, and the resulting significant
negative ecological effects from the...

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3/19/21
Loblolly Pine Health in the Southeastern U.S.

Southern pine species such as loblolly, longleaf, shortleaf, and slash cover much of the 
southeastern U.S., and are a critical component of the region’s economy.  Loblolly pine is the 
most widely planted species in the southeastern...

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3/15/21
From One Photo to a Whole Flora

Haiti is home to an incredible flora of around 5,000 documented plant species. Within these, over 210 endemic shrub and tree species have been identified. These plants have only one home in the world, and it is here. Many other species have small...

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3/11/21
Challenges to the Reforestation Pipeline in the United States

Large-scale global reforestation goals have been proposed to help mitigate climate change and provide other ecosystem services. To explore reforestation potential in the United States, we used GIS analyses, surveys of nursery managers and foresters,...

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3/4/21
The PhenObs initiative – A standardised protocol for monitoring phenological responses to climate change using herbaceous plant species in botanical gardens

Changes in phenology induced by climate change occur across the globe with important
implications for ecosystem functioning and services, species performance and trophic
interactions. Much of the work on phenology, especially leaf out and...

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1/21/21
IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3

In December 2020 the IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3 found that climate change is now the biggest threat to natural World Heritage globally. This report, IUCN World Heritage Outlook 3, builds on three cycles of Conservation Outlook Assessments undertaken...

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1/13/21
Climate change and wildfires: lessons from Australia’s Blue Mountains

Periodic fires are a normal part of the lifecycle of many ecosystems, but climate change is creating mega-fires that instead of supporting biodiversity threaten to destroy it. In the aftermath of the worst fire season in Australia’s recorded history,...

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1/13/21
Can an ambitious breeding effort save North America’s ash trees?

Since a devastating fungal blight popped up in the Bronx Zoo in 1904 and went on to kill at least 3 billion chestnut trees, North American forests have been swept by one plague after another, including a fungus that kills elms and an aphidlike insect...

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12/30/20
Crop wild relatives of the United States require urgent conservation action

The contributions of crop wild relatives (CWR) to food security depend on their conservation and accessibility for use. The United States contains a diverse native flora of CWR, including those of
important cereal, fruit, nut, oil, pulse, root...

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12/16/20
Education Community Town Hall: Speaking up for Science and Plant Conservation

Hear about the revamped Plant Heroes grade-school-based program (it's all new!) with Association Program Manager, Marisol Mata. Dana Render, Director of Education with Trees Atlanta will share how they engage and build leadership with adult volunteers...

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12/11/20
Unmuted: What works, what doesn’t, and how we can all do better when working together online

If you work remotely (or supervise people who do) and spend much of your day in videoconferences, this report was written for you. It may be most relevant to individuals working at nonprofits and foundations, colleges and universities, and government...

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12/4/20
Never More Urgent: A Preliminary Review of How the U.S. Is Leaving Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous Communities Behind

Quite simply, “what does public data reveal about the most glaring challenges impacting Black, Hispanic and Indigenous communities in the United States?” Thereafter, “how do we collectively galvanize policy and resources to ameliorate those issues in...

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11/18/20
Measuring multi-stemmed trees

Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) is an enormously important metric for foresters, arborists, researchers, contractors, and the general public. With single-stemmed species, it is used to estimate timber volume, biomass, ecosystem services, and...

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11/12/20
Healthy Soils for a Sustainable Future: Soil Health and Greenhouse Gases

Soils are fundamental to agriculture and food security. With limited agricultural land and the complications posed by climate change, it is critical to maintain and strive to improve working soils to ensure a resilient future. Improved soil carbon and...

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10/27/20

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