U.S. Wildflower Center among global native seed-collecting initiative

wildflowercenter | February 15, 2011 | More than a dozen staff and volunteers of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ventured to West Texas in fall 2008 as part of this global seed-banking mission. They spent a weekend at The Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountains Preserve to collect targeted species that include burr seed cucumber.
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Inspired stewardship involves passion, science, government, and volunteerism

NCState | October 18, 2010 | On a beautiful, blue-sky morning a handful of College of Natural Resources students and faculty traveled to eastern Wake County to learn about Piedmont prairies and help remove invasive, exotic plant specie as part of a prairie restoration project. Staff from Wake County’s Division Parks, Recreation, and Open Space joined them at the county-owned area of some 250 acres that is slated to become the first WakeNature Preserve later this year.

Co-chaired by College of Natural Resources faculty members George Hess and Toddi Steelman, the WakeNature Preserves Partnership brings together NC State University faculty and students, and natural resource and park system professionals from various state, county, municipal, and non-profit agencies.  Their goal: identify and steward the finest natural areas in Wake County for everyone to enjoy.

WakeNature envisions a countywide, cross-jurisdictional brand of “WakeNature Preserves” that highlights Wake County’s finest natural areas and raises public awareness and appreciation of these special places. Continued involvement of enthusiastic members of the NC State community is critical to attaining this vision. There will be many opportunities to become involved in inventory and stewardship opportunities as the WakeNature network expands. Please visit http://www.WakeNature.org for more information.

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Peat bogs too valuable to chop up for use as gardeners’ peat moss

nccvidccn | September 21, 2010 | Mer Bleue is a 3,500-hectare wetland located at the edge of Canada’s Capital Region in Ottawa. Ecologically, Mer Bleue is a unique example of a northern ecosystem — more typical of the Arctic than of the Ottawa Valley. Internationally recognized by the Ramsar Convention for its contribution to the global environment, Mer Bleue plays an important part in protecting the diversity of plants and animals in our region and in stabilizing the climate globally. It may well be the single most-studied bog in the world. http://www.canadascapital.gc.ca/merbleue
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