Archive for December 2010

Rensselaer Plateau Forest Legacy Area Approved

December 31, 2010

From the Rensselaer Plateau Alliance:

Happy New Year!

Our long awaited news has arrived. The Rensselaer Plateau Forest Legacy Area has been approved by the US Forest Service.

The RPA is extremely pleased with the decision to designate the Rensselaer Plateau a forest legacy site, for it recognizes the unique and special character of this region. The Forest Legacy Program will add an important tool and resources for conservation in the region. The program provides opportunity to permanently conserve forest lands with conservation easements that maintain the traditional uses of the land while conserving it forever. The programs reliance upon private landowner rights and willing sellers, and respect for home rule make this a great addition to conservation tools available to landowners and towns in the region. We applaud the approval and appreciate the support of local people, towns and state government to support the designation, for it is the grassroots support for such programs that achieved this result.

View the DEC Press Release..

Thank you to all who helped us show local grassroots support for the Forest Legacy Area last spring. Without your support this may not have happened.

Thank you again and Happy New Year from all of us at the RPA.                 Rensselaer Plateau Alliance Website.


Minnesota Wildflowers Website A Good Resource For New York Too.

December 31, 2010

The Minnesota Wildflowers website,, has many beautiful photos and lots of information about wildflowers that also occur in New York. You just may find that missing photo to help you identify a plant you discovered in New York.

Yes, Old Pressed Plants Are Really Useful

December 30, 2010

CLICK HERE to see an article about how ecologists are using herbarium specimens to study global warming.  Brooklyn Botanic Garden is featured.

Ancestral Plants. A new book by Arthur Haines

December 25, 2010

Anaskimin has just published a new book by Arthur Haines entitled Ancestral Plants. A Primitive Skills Guide to Important Edible, Medicinal, and Useful Plants of the Northeast. Volume 1. For more information see this flier.

New York Flora Atlas Statistics

December 23, 2010

Here are some important indices for the Atlas that are kept up-to-date in real-time.

Number of Plant Species               3,895

Number of Plant Images                1,698

Number of Herbarium Records  105,275

See the sidebar link to go to the Atlas.



Eagle Hill Botany Programs for 2011

December 22, 2010

Lichens and Lichen Ecology
May 22 – 28. David Richardson and Mark Seaward

Crustose Lichens: Identification Using Morphology, Anatomy, and
Simple Chemistry
May 29 – Jun 4. Irwin M. Brodo

Introduction to Modern Phylogenetic Methods
Jun 5 – 11. Brigid O’Donnell

Bryophytes and Bryophyte Ecology
Jun 5 – 11. Nancy G. Slack

The Lichen Genera Rhizocarpon, Fuscidea, Porpidia, and Other Lecideoid Lichens
Jun 12 – 18. Alan Fryday

Applied Field Identification of Sedges and Rushes
Jun 26 – Jul 2. Andrew L. Hipp

Aquatic Flowering Plants
Jun 26 – Jul 2. C. Barre Hellquist

The Genus Carex: Advanced Taxonomy and Ecology
Jul 3 – 9. Anton A. Reznicek

Botanical Latin for Application and Enjoyment
Jul 3 – 9. Steven R. Hill

Applied Field Identification of Grasses
Jul 17 – 23. Tyler Smith

Lichens and Gravestones
Jul 17 – 23. Judith M. Jacob and Michaela Schmull

Medicinal Plants: Traditional Uses, Science, Evidence, Identification and Wild Crafting
Jul 24 – 30. Helen Metzman and James A. Duke

Botanical Illustration of Wildflowers
Jul 24 – 30. Angela Mirro

Mushroom Identification for new Mycophiles; Foraging for Edible and Medicinal Mushrooms
Jul 31 – Aug 6. Greg Marley

Flora of Coastal Habitats and Islands of Maine
Jul 31 – Aug 6. Glen H. Mittelhauser

Nomenclature and Databasing of Vacular Plants: Independent Study
Aug 7 – 13. John T. Kartesz

Applied Foundations in Vascular Plant Morphology
Aug 14 – 20. Susan Pell

Woodslore, Useful Wild Plants, and Natural History: Exploring Maine’s Woods and Waters
Aug 14 – 20. Doug Elliott

Taxonomy and Biology of Ferns and Lycophytes, with Guest Lectures on Isoetes
Aug 21 – 27. Robbin C. Moran and W. Carl Taylor

The Genus Bryum and Bryaceae: Systemat & Biogeog of NA Species
Aug 21 – 27. John R. Spence

Mushrooms and Other Fungi
Sep 11 – 17. Rosalind Lowen and Dianna Smith

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Descriptions and syllabi are available in January. Please let us know if we can help with questions. Prior discussions of personal study objectives with instructors are welcome.

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Support the Long Island Plant Atlas!

December 17, 2010

The Long Island Botanical Society is raising funds to publish their Atlas of Vascular Plants of Long Island. If you would like to help, the contribution form is below.  Click on it for a larger image.