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Timing is Everything | University of California Botanical Garden

September 20th, 2018|

The 2018 Ferguson Fire rages over a ridge near El Portal. Photo by Blake Scott. From an interview with Holly Forbes – Curator, UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley Photos by Holly Forbes, Vanessa Handley and Clare Loughran On July 11th this year...

Adapting to the Recurring Threat of Wildfire | Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

September 20th, 2018|

View of Jesusita Fire from SBBG Meadow - 3:15, day one. The Jesusita Fire began quite close to the Garden, burning many areas of the Garden the next night. Photo by Andrew Wyatt, courtesy of the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. Based on an interview with Denise Knapp, Ph.D. Photos contributed by: Denise Knapp, John Wardlaw, [...]

September Announcements, Events and Employment

September 20th, 2018|

Employment Opportunities US Botanic Garden Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) Deadline: 09/27/2018 Overview: This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), Public Programs Division. The incumbent serves as an Education Specialist (Urban Agriculture) with emphasis on urban agriculture and assists in educational programs that fulfill the USBG's mission. The incumbent is responsible [...]

CPC Awarded Three Year $491,630 2018 National Leadership Grant!

September 20th, 2018|

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) awarded the Center for Plant Conservation (CPC) a 2018 National Leadership Grant for $491,630. This three-year grant will to support creating a real-time learning platform , where plant conservation experts can share best practices with practitioners via direct responses, pre-recorded multi-media content, and the updated guidelines, Center for Plant Conservation Best [...]

August Employment and Events

August 14th, 2018|

Field Botany Technician (invasive plants) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic GardenIn collaboration with the Angeles National Forest, you’ll work in a team to assist the field crew lead and director of conservation programs with invasive plant management in the Angeles National Forest. Duties include hand removal of invasive plant species, herbicide application, rugged backcountry hiking, and some [...]

Wandering Washington with Rare Care Volunteers

August 14th, 2018|

University of Washington Botanic Gardens Based on contributions from Stacy Kinsell Photos from: Stacy Kinsell, Wendy Gibble, Beverly Linde, and Catherine Hovanic This July, the Tiffany Springs Campground in the Okanogan National Forest was briefly invaded by volunteer botanists. The 18 volunteers were gathered for the annual Monitoring Weekend event held by the University of Washington Botanic Gardens’ Rare [...]

25 Years of Survey and Discovery

August 14th, 2018|

While conducting surveys in Massachusettes in July, PCV Doug McGrady came across population of chaff-seed (Schwalbea americana) - a federally endangered species that hadn't been seen in the state since 1965. Photo credit: Doug McGrady. New England Wild Flower Society Contributed by: Laney Widener Photos by: Laney Widener, Doug McGrady, Susan Elliott, Warren King, Kate [...]

The Hunt is On: Searching for Rare Plants in the Golden State

August 14th, 2018|

California Native Plant Society Based on contributions from: Amy Patten, CNPS Rare Plant Treasure Hunt coordinator Photos by: Natalie McNear Amy Patten, the California Native Plant Society’s new Rare Plant Treasure Hunt (RPTH) coordinator didn’t venture far to lead her first hunt – Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Sandhills is just behind her home. But the spaces [...]

Virgin Islands National Park Endemic Plant Gets Urgent Habitat Management Assistance

July 17th, 2018|

St. George Village Botanical Garden, Contributions and photos from Gary Ray, Ph.D. Virgin Islands National Park (VINP) covers nearly 60% of the island of St. John and offers miles of trail for hikers. Yet it wasn’t enough for somebody on the island. In 2001, a clandestine trail clearer cut a four-foot wide path through the remote White Cliff [...]

July Employment and Events

July 17th, 2018|

Employment Field Botany Technician (invasive plants) at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden In collaboration with the Angeles National Forest, you’ll work in a team to assist the field crew lead and director of conservation programs with invasive plant management in the Angeles National Forest. Duties include hand removal of invasive plant species, herbicide application, rugged backcountry hiking, and some [...]

Seed Collection in a Land of Extremes | Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden

July 17th, 2018|

Contributions and photos from Cheryl Birker, Naomi Fraga, and Duncan Bell Cheryl Birker examines the lowest point in the U.S. from atop Telescope Peak in the Panamint Range. People thought Cheryl Birker must be crazy when she told them she was going to be doing a 14-mile hike in Death Valley National Park to monitor [...]

Beyond the Islet – Integrated Conservation in Hawaii | National Tropical Botanic Garden

July 17th, 2018|

Contributions from Kenneth R. Wood, Michael DeMotta, and Seana Walsh, and photos from Kenneth R. Wood On a small rocky island, or more accurately, an islet, jutting up off the shore of Moloka’I, eight dwarf Naupaka (Scaevola coriacea) plants cluster together at the very top. It is the second largest population of this endangered species. Lower down on [...]

Prairie Facts

June 15th, 2018|

PHOTO: Meads milkweed In North America, you can find tallgrass prairie, mixed-grass prairie, or shortgrass prairie. Tallgrass: Its main feature is tall grasses, such as indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans), big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi), little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium), and switchgrass (Panicum virgatum). Mixed-grass: A transition area between tallgrass prairies and shortgrass prairies. Shortgrass: The two most dominant grasses are blue [...]