Archive for the ‘Ecology’ category

State Rare Plants Featured on Green Roof at SUNY ESF in Syracuse

January 5, 2011

When the new Gateway Building is finished that the campus of SUNY ESF it will feature a green roof containing New York’s largest living collection of state protected and rare plants, according to the Inside ESF magazine. – Steve Young

For more details and the full article CLICK HERE. Or see the entire issue HERE.

ESF Gateway Building when it is completed

State Rare Plants Featured on Green Roof at SUNY ESF

January 5, 2011

When the new Gateway Building is finished on the the campus of SUNY ESF it will feature a green roof containing New York’s largest living collection of state protected and rare plants, according to the alumni magazine.

For more details and the full article CLICK HERE.

ESF Gateway Building when finished

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.

Adirondack Botanical Garden Established

December 14, 2010

David Campbell of Queensbury has established the Adirondack Botanical Garden.  Their mission is to promote education in the fields of horticulture, botany, and ecology in the Adirondacks and Capital Region of New York State. For more information go to their website at:

http://www.adirondackbotanicalgarden.org/index.html

We hope to have more information about the garden in a later post.

More Information on Deer and Vegetation

December 14, 2010

This is from Tom Rawinski, Botanist, Durham Field Office, N A State & Private Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Durham, NH.

As a society, we are beginning to recognize that a burgeoning deer population is a problem of our own creation – an unintended consequence of eco-environmental gentrification, if you will. The Friends of the Blue Hills (near Boston) is to be commended for furthering the public discussion on this critical issue, found at:

http://friendsofthebluehills.blogspot.com/2010/12/researcher-says-deer-are-killing-forest.html

Additional blog postings – about the Blue hills deer situation – can be viewed at:

http://www.universalhub.com/2010/deer-are-killing-forests-blue-hills-reservation-re

 

 

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?

Deer Impact Study on Vegetation Taking Place at Beaver Meadows State Forest

August 23, 2010

We all know how destructive deer populations have been on native plants in New York.  DEC is now funding a study to quantify this effect on a state forest in Chenango County.  See more details HERE. We hope more of these studies will result in better management practices that will stop the serious loss of native vegetation. – Steve Young