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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
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
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
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 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
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
Community Engagement and Conservation: Introducing Two Resources for Environmental Educators

Environmental educators everywhere work in a constantly shifting landscape, from changing demographics that offer new opportunities and challenges, to an increase in the scale and scope of environmental and social issues facing every community on the...

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3/26/21
Naples Botanical Garden Emergency Action Plan: Pandemic Response & Reactivation

Naples Botanical Garden is one of the first public gardens to create an Emergency Action Plan specific to addressing a pandemic with procedures and operations outlined within. 

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3/25/21
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
Fungi associated with galleries of the emerald ash borer

The emerald ash borer (EAB) is an exotic forest pest that has killed millions of ash trees in the 
United States and Canada, resulting in an ecological disaster and billions of dollars in economic 
losses of urban landscape and forest...

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3/15/21
Climate change and biological invasion as additional threats to an imperiled palm

Climate change and biological invasion are major threats to biodiversity, but their combined effects haverarely been quantified. The introduction of congeneric non-native species, in particular, can be especially problematic for native species due to...

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3/11/21
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
Use of botanical gardens as arks for conserving pollinators and plant-pollinator interactions: A case study from the US Northern Great Plains

Botanical gardens have contributed to plant conservation through the maintenance of both living 20 and preserved plant specimens for decades. However, there is still a large gap in the literature 21 with regards to understanding the potential...

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3/4/21
Cornell Botanic Gardens: Invasive Plant Policy

A policy document developed to balance the public garden mission of holding diverse horticultural collections with the conservation mission of preserving natural areas and the broader environment.

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3/2/21
Continent-wide tree fecundity driven by indirect climate effects

Indirect climate effects on tree fecundity that come through variation in size and growth
(climate-condition interactions) are not currently part of models used to predict future forests.
Trends in species abundances predicted from meta-...

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2/26/21
Re-Opening Museums & Cultural Attractions: Succeeding in the Post-COVID Era with Thoughtful Digital Tools

In March 2020, museums and cultural organizations across the world closed their doors due to Coronavirus. Now, almost half a year later, many institutions are in the early phases of reopening.
In order to initiate a successful reopening, digital...

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2/19/21
Pollinator Toolkits and Worksheets

Bees, bats and butterflies all have one thing in common — they are pollinators! Pollination is a process that is imperative to the success of nearly all-terrestrial life on earth. Humans need healthy pollinator populations to support our food system...

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2/12/21
Online and Print Resources for Oak Information

This is a companion resource to a presentation given by Tim Boland, Polly Hill Arboretum, entitled The American Oaks: Diversity, Ecology, Identification as part of the "A Focus On Sustainability" Webinar Series. 

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2/5/21
Seeing the Landscape from the Trees: An Ecosystemic Approach to Urban Forestry

The term “urban forest” is often used to refer to all the trees within a city or town. But the urban forest is part of a much larger social-ecological landscape that supports a complex web of biodiversity, ecosystem services, values, and cultures.  The...

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1/29/21

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