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Barriers to Nature Engagement for Youth of Color

Nature engagement provides physical, psychological, and social benefits. Yet access to and use of local nature sites, parks, and greenspace is not always equitable, particularly for communities of color. To enhance understanding of the barriers to...

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12/1/20
Building an Active and Engaged Public: Discourse, Media Literacy, and Civic Education

As the world watches Americans head into the U.S. Presidential Election season this fall, the need for an active and engaged public representing diverse communities, beliefs, and priorities is evident. At the same time, headlines are filled with...

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10/27/20
Redlining's Intensifying Harm: Rising Temperatures, Hotter Neighborhoods, and How Trees Can Help

Many are well aware of the inequitable distribution of trees in our urban areas.  Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities often face the greatest burden of heat, air pollution, and flooding all of which urban greening can help to...

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8/25/20
Anti-racism in the Outdoors Resource Guide

In this tumultuous period, in which we’re each striving to increase our knowledge of and sensitivity to racial equity issues, we were motivated to research and compile this resource guide to ‘Anti-racism in the Outdoors: Resources related to inclusion...

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8/5/20
Unlocking Boundaries: Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations

Stacy Moore and Tyler Knapp present this webinar on Propagating Native Plants with Incarcerated Populations. 

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7/9/20
Cultural Organizations as Incubators for Social Impact

Recent events have prompted individuals, companies, and organizations across the world to take a deeper look at their role in society and explore how they can play an active part in driving the change they want to see. Museums and cultural...

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6/18/20
CommuniTree: A Model for Engaging Communities in Tree Planting and Maintenance Projects

Tree planting can help communities achieve many resiliency goals such as cooling heat islands, reducing stormwater floods, and building neighborhood cohesion. But trees can only do these things if they survive and thrive to maturity. CommuniTree is a...

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4/13/20
ESD for 2030: The Future Depends on Us!

The United Nations has established a new decade, beginning in 2020, focused on the power of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). “ESD for 2030” calls for educators to help advance new skills, empower youth, increase public awareness, and build...

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2/7/20
Ecosystem Management in Towns and Cities

This webinar will introduce extension agents to concepts of urban ecology, which addresses the intricate relationship between humans and urban trees, air, water, soil, wildlife, and more.
The world has become increasingly urban with roughly half...

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2/5/20
Awareness, Support, and Perceived Impact of the Connecticut Pesticide Ban

Concern over the use of pesticides in public areas, such as schools, daycare centers, and parks, has prompted some state and local governments to severely restrict or ban pesticides in these locations. Connecticut currently has bans for daycare centers...

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1/22/20
Public Involvement in Green Infrastructure Maintenance on Local Streets Case Study: Green Streets Program in the City of Vancouver

This professional research project conducted a case study of the Green Streets Program
(“GSP”), a volunteer program of street garden maintenance provided by the City of Vancouver
(“City”). The project sought effective ways to further...

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1/8/20
Crop Science Special Issue: Connecting Agriculture, Public Gardens and Science

North America’s agricultural and natural landscapes are vital to feeding humanity—they are home to many populations of important food plants and their wild relatives. Climate change is projected to significantly impact the agricultural sector and any...

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11/25/19
Campus-Based Ecotourism: A Case Study on the Power of Local Ecotourism

Academic campuses across the Great Plains can serve as landscapes for teaching and learning about native flora of cultural importance with regard to food, medicine, and lifeways. Campus visitors (tourists) and local community members could benefit from...

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10/30/19
Leveraging Outdoor Green Space for Improved Health

Increasing evidence indicates that nature exposure is associated with lower mortality, improved stress, mental health, attention, and mood. This evidence is driving a trend in nature prescription programs. According to the National ParkRx Initiative,...

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10/22/19
Will Changes to Endangered Species Act Worsen the Biodiversity Crisis?

More than 450 scientists from around the world recently released findings showing that up to one million species may become threatened with extinction. At a time when scientists are calling for strengthened biodiversity protections, the United States...

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9/18/19
An Update of the Literature Supporting the Well-Being Benefits of Plants: Part 2 Physiological Health Benefits

This paper focused on providing evidence from the literature regarding the physiological health benefits associated with plants, thereby influencing the physiological, psychological, and cognitive well-being constructs affecting quality of life. These...

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8/20/19
A Road Map for Conservation, Use, and Public Engagement around North America’s Crop Wild Relatives and Wild Utilized Plants

Crop wild relatives—the plant species closely related to agricultural crops—are valuable
genetic resources used by plant breeders to increase pest and disease resistance, stress
tolerance, nutritional profile, and other traits critical to...

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8/20/19
Embracing Indigenous Values in Public Gardens and in Our Communities

Public Gardens are positioned to not only support the protection of plants but lessons about how they intersect with thriving communities as well. Indigenous communities and their associated values are critical components to developing solutions to...

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7/9/19
Creating Doors and Rooms: Taking Risks, Engaging Marginalized Communities, and Challenging the Status Quo

Despite the resonant theme of plant biodiversity inherent in the public garden sector, institutions grapple with a staggering lack of human biodiversity in their staffs, member base, donors, and audiences. To achieve inclusivity and maintain relevance...

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7/9/19
Forest Resources of the United States, 2017: A Technical Document Supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment.

The nation’s forest land area remains stable, but the composition and distribution of those forests is changing. The data supporting this assertion, along with other information on the status, condition, and trends in the nation’s forest resources, are...

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6/14/19

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