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Here’s why Congress is recognizing Hazel M. Johnson, the ‘mother of environmental justice’

Hazel Johnson spent her life fighting for environmental justice in black communities in Chicago’s Southeast Side. When she first started organizing in the 1970s after death and illness in her family, she quickly found that her work would be cut out for...

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5/18/21
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
Plant scientists’ research attention is skewed towards colourful, conspicuous and broadly distributed flowers

Scientists’ research interests are often skewed toward charismatic organisms, but quantifying research biases is challenging. By combining bibliometric data with trait-based approaches and using a well-studied alpine flora as a case study, this...

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5/18/21
What You May Not Know About Poison Ivy

Poison ivy is irritating, but this unpopular native plant also has underappreciated superpowers. This article gives you information about how to spot it and deal with it.

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5/17/21
Research inequity in the plant sciences

Do all plant biologists worldwide have equal access to novel methods, enabling them to be equally productive, publish, and receive credit for their research? Or does reduced access to cutting‐edge techniques in countries with lower financial resources...

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5/14/21
Japanese Garden Plants for Hot Dry Climates

Traditional Japanese Garden plants languish in hot dry zones. Selecting alternative plants more suited for these climates increases success and enjoyment of your garden.. The plants highlighted in this article are selected for hardiness and suitability...

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5/14/21
A synthesis of health benefits of natural sounds and their distribution in national parks

A study of sound recordings from 251 sites in 66 national parks found that listening to natural sounds may be one of the best ways to promote mental health and deal with the stresses of everyday life. The team found people experienced decreased pain,...

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5/14/21
Can Cicadas Harm Plants and Trees?

Tom O'Dell, natural areas specialist at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens at the University of Michigan witnessed the periodical Cicada emergence 17 years ago and explains what damage may occur to plants and young trees as the insects emerge again.

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5/4/21
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
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A Conversation on Master Planning

This audio conversation took place via Zoom in late October 2020. It was conducted by Tommy Rosenbluth, Program Manager of the Association's Climate & Sustainability Alliance, and features Kelly D. Norris, former Director of Horticulture and...

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4/30/21
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
Trees, Woodlands, Lawns and Right-of-Ways: Best Practices for Biodiversity

Many species of birds, bees, and other pollinators face a precarious future in our urbanizing landscapes. Biodiversity is threatened at local to regional scales by habitat degradation. But there is some hopeful news: homeowners, individuals,...

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4/29/21
A Threat to Ecological Investments: Plant Pathogens in Landscape Restoration Projects

To repair ecological damage caused by construction, landscape managers typically apply restoration techniques - but what if these activities further damage the ecology? Invasive Phytophthora pathogens have been inadvertently introduced to...

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4/29/21
How to Correctly Plant a Tree

April is Arbor Month and a new five-minute video produced by the Iowa DNR aims to help residents learn to properly plant trees and avoid very common mistakes—vital to the longevity of new plantings. Common errors such as planting roots too deep or too...

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4/29/21
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Education Town Hall: May 2021

Join Kristie Webber, Education Community Chair and Gabe Tilove, Vice-Chair for the May Education Community Town Hall Meeting. This session starts with announcements and updates from the Association and the Education Community. Then the group moves into...

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4/27/21
How to Launch & Succeed with Digital Membership Cards

There’s a common misconception that launching digital membership cards is a lengthy, complicated process. It doesn’t have to be! This guide from Cuseum will show you how launching digital membership cards will make your job easier, not harder. 

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4/23/21
Sagebrush Biome Partnership Governance Webinar

The Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA), in partnership with Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV) and other conservation...

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4/23/21
New Massachusetts Native Plant Ordinance

On March 25, 2021, the Somerville, MA City Council unanimously passed a first-of-its-kind ordinance requiring that plantings on city-owned land be composed primarily of local native plants.

Local advocacy group Green & Open Somerville has...

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4/22/21

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