Archive for November 2010

Another Good Use for an Invasive Plant

November 24, 2010

In our efforts to protect the  native mosaics of wetland plants and animals we value, we often have to deal with the monocultures of the non-native giant reed grass or Phragmites that threaten them.  Here is an organization, Phragwrites,  that decided to put the invasive to good use as they work to prevent its spread. Is the pen mightier than the herbicide? CLICK HERE for their website.

Pens made from Phragmites


Central New York – Prepare for the Devastation of Emerald Ash Borer

November 20, 2010

Central New York ecosystems and community trees will be devastated by the advance of emerald ash borer through the region. Below is a workshop that will be staged by New York Releaf in Cortland to prepare people for the coming changes. People interested in the Flora of New York should also be prepared for changes that will take place in plant communities throughout the state. Unlike the chestnut and elm losses of the past, the experts say that ash will be completely eliminated because the insects also feed on small trees. Read more about its effects in New York at the NY Invasive Species Researh Institute website.  CLICK HERE. Click on the photo below for a larger image of the workshop flier.

Remembering Former NYFA Board Member Bob Ingalls

November 20, 2010

The NYFA board and friends of  former board member Bob Ingalls were saddended by the news of his passing last week.  Bob was a great plant enthusiast and supporter of the flora of New York. He contributed a great deal to the advancement of NYFA and was eager to help anyone learn about the flora, especially the sedges.  He once said that one day he decided he was going to learn all the plants in New York. He wanted to start out with the most difficult plants and so he chose the sedges, becoming a real expert in the group.

The following remembrance is from the President of RPI, Dr. Jackson:

It is with great sadness and deep regret that I announce the recent passing of Dr. Robert P. Ingalls, the executive officer of the Computer Science Department at Rensselaer and a respected teacher of many computer science courses. Dr. Ingalls passed away late last week.

After a distinguished career in developmental psychology, Dr. Ingalls’ interests turned to computer science in the mid-1980s. He earned his master’s degree in computer science here in 1986, and joined the Computer Science Department that same year as director of operations, eventually rising to serve in the role of executive officer.

Dr. Ingalls earned his bachelor’s degree in developmental psychology from Williams College in 1967, and went on to earn his master’s degree from the University of Connecticut in 1968. He earned his Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Connecticut in 1972.

Dr. Ingalls was the author of a number of books on developmental psychology, including “Mental Retardation: The Changing Outlook.” He taught psychology at the California State College at Chico, and here in Troy at Russell Sage College, before joining the New York State Council on Children and Families.

After he came to Troy, Dr. Ingalls continued his lifelong interest in natural history. He was an accomplished field botanist, and an observer and advocate for the ecology of Rensselaer County. He served as a member and officer of the Rensselaer Land Trust and acted as a steward for the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Ingalls’ interests were many and diverse, and his enthusiasm engaged all who knew him.

There will be a memorial service for Dr. Ingalls at the Chapel and Cultural Center, 2125 Burdett Avenue in Troy, on Saturday, December 4, at 11:00 a.m., followed by a reception in The Great Room at the Heffner
Alumni House.

Bob Ingalls, Frank Knight and Steve Young at Valcour Island 2006

An Innovative Use of Invasive Plants

November 17, 2010

From NYFA board member Anna Stalter:  A very creative and aesthetically pleasing use of invasive plants! Click on the following link:

New Lists Posted on NYFA Google Map of Plant Lists

November 16, 2010

Lists recently posted include these lists from St. Lawrence and Jefferson Counties by Anne Johnson:

Payne Lake

Grass Lake

Butterfield Lake

Sylvia Lake

In addition to these are lists from the Moose River Plains by the Keelans and Oakwood Cemetery in Troy by Warren Broderick.

Click the Google map of plant lists in the links section on the right side of the page.

The Future of New York’s Forests – a 2010 Report From The Nature Conservancy

November 6, 2010

The report indicates that nearly one third of New York’s forests may not
have sufficient regeneration to replace the forest in the future. This will have a profound influence on the wildlife that depend upon these forests. Timber companies will also be affected as they rely on high quality commercial tree species like sugar maple and white oak to meet sustainable timber harvesting goals.  For a link to the full report CLICK HERE.

Is this the cause of lower forest regeneration?