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Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices for Federal Lands

Posted May 19, 2015

Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices For Federal Lands cover.

On June 20, 2014, the White House released a “Presidential Memorandum—Creating a Federal Strategy To Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators” (PDF, 52 KB).

With this direction, U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Interior, issue this timely and critically needed document, Pollinator-Friendly Best Management Practices For Federal Lands - DRAFT May 11, 2015 (PDF, 5 MB).

This document will guide federal land managers to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation and management of pollinators and pollinator habitat on federal lands.

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Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants

Posted May 4, 2015

Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Garden Using Native Plants cover.

Many of us enjoy the beauty of flowers in our backyard and community gardens. Growing native plants adds important habitat for hummingbirds and otherwildlife—especially pollinators. Even small backyard gardens can make a difference. Gardening connects us to nature and helps us better understand how nature works. This guide will help you create a hummingbird friendly garden.

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The Big Search for Tiny Ferns

Posted April 22, 2015

Hymenophyllum wrightii.
Hymenophyllum wrightii gametophytes growing in a tangled clump on rotting wood. Photo by Aaron Duffy.

For many years, Forest Service botanists have been interested in finding an elusive plant called Wright’s filmy fern (Hymenophyllum wrightii) in the Alaska Region. The fern was designated by the Regional Forester as an Alaska Region Sensitive Species in 1994 because of its apparent rarity. However, interest in the plant began several decades earlier.

Read more about the big search for tiny ferns on the USDA Blog…

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada

Posted April 22, 2015

Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada cover.

We live in an inter-connected and inter-dependent world. A seed planted into soil, watered by rain and last winter’s snow and warmed by sunshine grows into a plant that produces many more seeds that are processed and baked into bread. This booklet tells the story of one of these threads, a surprisingly important one—pollinators and their connection to agriculture.

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Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, U.S. Forest Service Sponsor Meeting to Improve Communication

Posted April 22, 2015

The Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma and the U.S. Forest Service cosponsored a meeting March 30 to April 2, 2015, with a focus on improving communication between federally recognized tribal governments and federal agencies. The 14th annual To-Bridge-A-Gap meeting held at the Indigo Sky Hotel, in Wyandotte, Okla., enabled attendees to discuss and learn about improving consultations with Indian Tribes on a variety of cultural and natural resource management issues.

A presentation on the Zaagkii Project by Dr. Scott Herron, professor Biology Education Program Coordinator; Jan Shultz, Forest Service Region 9 Regional Botanist; and Evelyn Ravindran, Hatchery and Nursery Manager for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, provided an example of how partnerships with the Forest Service benefits the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community who are located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Read the Ouachita, Ozark and St. Francis National Forests newsletter (PDF)…

Learn How You Can Use Agroforestry to Help Pollinators

Posted April 14, 2015

Cover of issue.

The latest issue of the Inside Agroforestry Newsletter has hit the streets on the National Agroforestry Center website. This issue of Agroforestry Center's Inside Agroforestry highlights ways that agroforestry has supported pollinator conservation and management as well as efforts that have also served to educate the public.


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