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Milking milkweeds for more monarch butterfly habitat

Science Spotlights Posted on: August 19, 2019
Iconic monarch butterflies are disappearing from the landscape. They require milkweed plants to complete their life cycle. Milkweed seeds are often produced for restoration in nurseries in special beds. Our work shows that once these beds have served their purpose, milkweed taproots can be harvested, stored, and used for restoration, thus increasing the benefit of these beds.

Biochar can be a suitable replacement for Sphagnum peat in nursery production of Pinus ponderosa seedlings

Publications Posted on: May 10, 2018
We replaced a control peat medium with up to 75% biochar on a volumetric basis in three different forms (powder, BC; pyrolyzed softwood pellets, PP; composite wood-biochar pellets, WP), and under two supplies of nitrogen fertilizer (20 or 80 mg N) subsequently grew seedlings with a comparable morphology to the control.

Controlled release fertilizer improves quality of container longleaf pine seedlings

Publications Posted on: May 12, 2016
In an operational trial, increasing the amount of nitrogen (N) applied to container longleaf pine seedlings by incorporating controlled release fertilizer (CRF) into the media improved seedling growth and quality.

Growing more milkweeds to support conservation of monarch butterflies

Projects Posted on: April 16, 2015
Because milkweed plants (Asclepias spp.) readily reproduce from their roots, scientists examined how roots could be harvested in fall, stored during winter, and then outplanted in spring. Scientists found that roots can be successfully stored during winter. This provides land managers with another tool for increasing monarch butterfly habitat.  

Tracking climate change and assisted migration for native plants

Science Spotlights Posted on: April 16, 2015
Researchers compiled a literary database about native plant transfer guidelines, climate change, and assisted migration. This database can help inform scientists, land managers, and university students about climate change and assisted migration through presentations and publications that cover the historical, biological, social, legal, and ethical aspects of assisted migration.

Growing native plants with biochar

Projects Posted on: April 16, 2015
Rocky Mountain Research Station scientists and their partners are evaluating biochar as a seed coating and as an amendment to nursery substrates to improve germination and growth of native plants. The goal is to reduce costs associated with restoring ecosystems.

Early history of tree seedling nurseries in the South

Publications Posted on: March 24, 2014
The forests in the South were devastated by aggressive harvesting that began following the Civil War. By the early in the 20th century, many millions of acres of land needed reforestation. Foresighted individuals began a committed effort to restore this land to a productive condition. This effort required dedication, innovation, cooperation, and leadership. The pioneering work of people including Carl A. Schneck, Henry Hardtner, J.T.

Nursery culture impacts cold hardiness in longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) seedlings

Publications Posted on: January 19, 2012
Success in restoring longleaf pine ecosystems depends on outplanting high-quality longleaf pine seedlings. One important and relatively understudied attribute of seedling quality is cold hardiness. A suite of trials was conducted to investigate the influence of common nursery cultural practices on longleaf pine cold hardiness.