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April 2015

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.

Read Native Pollinators and Agriculture in Canada (PDF)…

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.

March 2015

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework

Posted March 18, 2015

Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies cover.

The Forest Service issues this timely and critically needed document, Conservation and Management of Monarch Butterflies: A Strategic Framework (PDF, 8.8 MB). This framework will guide the Forest Service to effectively and efficiently use available resources and engage public and private partnerships in taking action for the conservation of the monarch butterfly.

Monarch Butterflies Brochures

Posted March 18, 2015

Monarchs and Milkweeds. Monarch butterfly adult and larvae.

During spring and summer, monarchs breed throughout the U.S. and southern Canada. In the fall, adults of an eastern population migrate to Mexico, flying up to 3,000 miles. The following spring, these butteries leave their overwintering sites and fly northward to lay their eggs on milkweeds and a few other plants in the dogbane family. In Florida, some non-migratory individuals remain and breed year-round.

January 2015

Lemhi penstemon monitoring at Big Hole National Battlefield, Montana

Posted January 6, 2015

Lemhi penstemon on the Big Hole National Battlefield.

Steve Shelly, Forest Service Northern Region Botanist, has helped National Park Service monitoring crews at the Big Hole National Battlefield a number of times with their monitoring protocols. Steve worked with the Park Service last summer at the Big Hole National Battlefield to develop a video about the rare endemic Lemhi penstemon at the Big Hole National Battlefield, and its relationship with a wasp specialized in collecting pollen from the plant.

View the video on YouTube…

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