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Agroforestry with Plants of the Eastern Deciduous Forest: Permaculture with a Native Twist

Summer 2019 • Heather McCargo • The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener
Diversifying a farm with trees and shrubs not only produces a valuable harvest and shady foraging area, but also provides the ideal growing environment for high-value woodland medicinal herbs.

Native Beauty: Why Native Plants Matter

May 16, 2019 • Heather McCargo • Green & Healthy Maine Homes
Many people are hearing the call to plant natives, but there is a lot of confusion about how to do it and why it matters. This article demonstrates the crucial ecological benefits native plants provide, introduces species well-suited to Maine, and provides maintenance tips to help ensure a robust native landscape.

Growing Ramps from Seed

Winter 2016-2017 • Heather McCargo • MOFGA
Ramps are a delicious wild edible food beloved by chefs and locavores. Also known as wild leeks (Allium tricoccum), they are a member of the onion family and are a perennial woodland wildflower native to the eastern deciduous forest from Canada to Georgia and west to the prairie states.

Sowing Native Seeds

August 2016 • Heather McCargo • UMAINE: Maine Home Garden News
The seeds of wild plants have a different set of needs than those of common garden and vegetable species. Most gardeners think of spring as the time to sow seeds, but for most native plants in Maine fall to early winter is the best time.

‘Playing the Hand of God’: Scientists’ Experiment Aims to Help Trees Survive Climate Change

July 8, 2020 • Ashley Stimpson • The Guardian
With a rapidly warming climate, plants are challenged to keep migrating farther and farther across our human-dominated landscapes to find more hospitable conditions. Read about The Nature Conservancy’s experimental work in “assisted migration” to tackle this urgent problem for tree species.

Planting Native Shade Trees 

June 15, 2020 • Julia Frederick • Ecological Landscape Alliance
Shade trees are more important than ever as we face rapid development and suburban sprawl, deforestation and desertification. These gentle giants help combat rising temperatures, habitat loss and declining air and water quality.

Greed Does Not Have to Define Our Relationship to Land 

June 4, 2020 • Robin Wall Kimmerer • Literary Hub
On choosing to become native — belong — to a place. “Land is not capital to which we have property rights; rather it is the place for which we have moral responsibility in reciprocity for its gift of life.”

Meet the Ecologist Who Wants to Unleash the Wild on Your Backyard 

April 2020 • Jerry Adler • Smithsonian Magazine
Fed up with invasive species and sterile landscapes, Douglas Tallamy urges Americans to go native and go natural.

How Native Tribes Are Taking the Lead on Planning for Climate Change

February 11, 2020 • Nicola Jones • Yale Environment 360
With their deep ties to the land and reliance on fishing, hunting, and gathering, indigenous tribes are especially vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Now, native communities across North America are stepping up to adopt climate action plans to protect their way of life.

Lawn-Mowing Reduction Can Help Wildlife, Says Study

December 19, 2019 • Patrick Barkham • The Guardian
As we head into the new year, see where you can make a difference to wildlife by shrinking or eliminating your lawn.

‘Mother Nature Recovers Amazingly Fast’: Reviving Ukraine’s Rich Wetlands

December 27, 2019 • Vincent Mundy • The Guardian
Look how our European friends are leading the way with restoring nature.

Seeing the Potential of Wood-Inhabiting Fungi in the Managed Landscape

January 15, 2019 • Tara Mitchell • Ecological Landscape Alliance
Wood-inhabiting fungi are at the core of forests’ ability to regenerate and provide habitat for wildlife. Yet, in the realm of the managed landscape, we focus solely on the destructive aspects of decomposers. We have been conditioned to believe that the traditional aesthetic and all the inputs to support it are necessary. But if we take the time to look at natural systems, evidence to the contrary is all around us. If we simply take a walk in the forest, the function and value of wood-inhabiting fungi and the dead and decaying wood they leave behind is readily visible.

How a Rooftop Meadow of Bees and Butterflies Shows N.Y.C.’s Future

October 26, 2019 • Anne Barnard • The New York Times
A Greenpoint building is part of a push to combat climate change and make the city more welcoming to wildlife.

Tennessee Makes Way for the Monarchs

September 16, 2019 • Margaret Renkl • The New York Times
A new wildflower meadow at a Tennessee welcome center is just one of many efforts to address the loss of pollinator habitat.

Three Billion Canaries in the Coal Mine

September 29, 2019 • Margaret Renkl • The New York Times
What does it mean for us that birds are dying? And what can we do about it?

Urban Landscape Inspirations from Native Plant Communities

August 16, 2019 • Ethan Dropkin • Ecological Landscape Alliance
While some of us have the benefit of working in engineered soils and ideal garden conditions, many designers and horticulturists have the unique and challenging task of greening our cities where growing conditions can be less favorable. Among many other benefits, planting in cities helps improve air quality, combats urban heat island effect, and creates habitat corridors for wildlife.

More Edible and Landscape-Worthy Native Plants of New England

June 15, 2019 • Georgia Hann and Russ Cohen • Ecological Landscape Alliance
There are many reasons to plant native plants in our landscapes, including to increase support for pollinators and beneficial insects, to boost resources for birds and other wildlife, and to stabilize habitats despite environmental and climatic changes. When the native plant species a landowner chooses to add to the landscape also feature human edibility, an additional layer of excitement and engagement is sparked. Not only do these indigenous gems offer the sensory indulgence of new flavors and textures to enjoy and discover, but they also offer a deeper level of food security.

Why Green Pledges Will Not Create the Natural Forests We Need

April 16, 2019 • Fred Pearce • Yale Environment 360
Nations around the globe have pledged to increase their forest cover by planting millions of trees. But new research shows much of this growth would be in monoculture plantations that would be quickly cut down and do little to tackle climate change or preserve biodiversity.

Seeing the Potential of Wood-Inhabiting Fungi in the Managed Landscape

January 15, 2019 • Tara Mitchell • Ecological Landscape Alliance
Wood-inhabiting fungi are at the core of forests’ ability to regenerate and provide habitat for wildlife. Yet, in the realm of the managed landscape, we focus solely on the destructive aspects of decomposers. We have been conditioned to believe that the traditional aesthetic and all the inputs to support it are necessary. But if we take the time to look at natural systems, evidence to the contrary is all around us. If we simply take a walk in the forest, the function and value of wood-inhabiting fungi and the dead and decaying wood they leave behind is readily visible.

The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

November 27, 2018 • Brooke Jarvis • The New York Times Magazine
What does it mean for the rest of life on Earth?

Want to make Portland greener? Change the Land Use Code

October 23, 2018 • Liam McNiff
The city of Portland is currently undertaking the first major rewrite of its Land Use Code in forty years. The rewrite represents a major opportunity for the city to drastically improve the ecological infrastructure of the city through several no- and low-cost changes that would improve life in Portland for plants, animals, and people.

U.S. Cities Losing 36 Million Trees a Year, Researchers Find

May 10, 2018 • Naomi Larsson • The Guardian
Scientists warn of environmental threats rising from trend that is ‘likely to continue unless policies are altered’

Eden Lost

February 6, 2018 • Arthur Melville Pearson • Center for Humans & Nature
The pond I built in my backyard enjoyed a good run. Fifteen years. But in the end, the raccoons won. The pond is no more. So it is with nature in the big city. The grief is almost gone. But it lingers. Let me explain.

Habitat on the Edges: Making Room for Wildlife in an Urbanized World

January 3, 2018 • Richard Conniff • Yale Environment 360
Efforts to protect biodiversity are now focusing less on preserving pristine areas and more on finding room for wildlife on the margins of human development. As urban areas keep expanding, it is increasingly the only way to allow species to survive.

Urban Refuge: How Cities Can Help Rebuild Declining Bee Populations

November 9, 2017 • Janet Marinelli • Yale Environment 360
With bees threatened by habitat loss, pesticides, and climate change, researchers are finding that planting flower patches in urban gardens and green spaces can help restore these essential pollinators

Warning of ‘Ecological Armageddon’ After Dramatic Plunge in Insect Numbers

October 18, 2017 • Damian Carrington • The Guardian
Insects are an integral part of life on Earth as both pollinators and prey for other wildlife and it was known that some species such as butterflies were declining. But the newly revealed scale of the losses to all insects has prompted warnings that the world is “on course for ecological Armageddon”, with profound impacts.

To Help Birds This Winter, Go Easy on Fall Yard Work

October 6, 2017 • Andy McGlashen • Audubon
A manicured lawn might look nice, but messy is better for birds and bugs.

Funding Trees for Health 

September 25, 2017 • The Nature Conservancy
Imagine if there were one simple action that city leaders could take to reduce obesity and depression, improve productivity, boost educational outcomes and reduce incidence of asthma and heart disease among their residents. Urban trees offer all these benefits and more.

The Quest to Restore American Elms: Nearing the Finish Line

August 9, 2017 • Suki Casanave • Cool Green Science published by The Nature Conservancy
The quest to restore the American elm has been underway for more than half a century. Today, with help from The Nature Conservancy’s Christian Marks, success is closer than ever—which is good news for our floodplain forests, as well as our urban communities.

Accounting for Individual Animals in the Anthropocene

August 9, 2017 • Brandon Keim • Anthropocene Magazine, published by Future Earth
Development’s consequences are not limited to impacts on the environment and biodiversity. The concept of harm should include harm caused to the welfare of individual wild animals.

Can the Monarch Highway Help Save a Butterfly Under Siege?

July 11, 2017 • Janet Marinelli • Yale Environment 360
The population of North American monarch butterflies has plummeted from 1 billion to 33 million in just two decades. Now, a project is underway to revive the monarch by making an interstate highway the backbone of efforts to restore its dwindling habitat.

The Residential Macrosystem: Managed Collectively, Backyards Could Become More Biodiverse Landscapes

June 21, 2017 • Courtney Humphries • Anthropocene, published by Future Earth
Although we tend to dismiss urban and suburban nature as a diminished version of the real thing, research shows that these areas are more biologically active than assumed. Cities can have greater biodiversity than surrounding natural areas, Groffman says, because people tend to keep native vegetation while introducing other species.

Beyond Blades of Grass

June 16, 2017 • Paul Bogard • The New York Times
Why do we consider a neatly trimmed lawn the pinnacle of what the ground should be?

A ‘Shrinking City’ May Mean Growing Habitat for Bumblebees

May 23, 2017 • Sarah DeWeerdt • Anthropocene
To really understand the effects of cities on wild species, it isn’t enough to simply calculate the proportion of pavement—you have to consider an area’s human and socioeconomic history, too.

Understanding What Makes Plants Happy

April 30, 2017 • Margaret Roach • The New York Times
Thomas Rainer’s work is a revelation: It turns out that plants are social, and have a body language that explains what they need.

Among Their Many Impacts, Roads are Driving Rapid Evolutionary Adaptation in Adjacent Populations

March 15, 2017 • Mike Gaworecki • Mongabay
According to the authors of a paper published last month in the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, even as evolutionary studies have come to the fore in many fields of conservation, “road ecology” is rarely examined from an evolutionary perspective — yet “neglecting evolutionary change in response to habitat modification prevents critical insights.”

How to Fight Plants with Plants

March 2, 2017 • By Nancy Lawson • The Humane Gardener
What’s to love about native plants that spread like crazy? Everything! Enlist these hardy troopers to help reclaim habitat from invasive species.

‘Forest Cities’: The Radical Plan to Save China from Air Pollution

February 17, 2017 • Tom Phillips • The Guardian
Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air

Seeds: Little Time Capsules That Could Secure Our Future

January 13, 2017 • Robbie Blackhall-Miles • The Guardian
Saving seeds of plant species, both rare and common, is one of our most important backup plans for the planet, argues Robbie Blackhall-Miles.

Seaside Goldenrod, a Late Bloomer

November 23, 2016 • Dave Taft • The New York Times
Where conditions are right, masses of the plant’s yellow flowers can be found well into late November.

Can Wild Seeds Save Us from Food Apocalypse?

October 17, 2016 • Eloise Gibson • BBC
Around the world, botanists are battling to find rare wild seed strains before they die out – helping ensure food supplies that can survive the perils of climate change.

Make Your Yard (or School Grounds or Office Building) a Wildlife Haven

October 13, 2016 • Lisa Feldkamp • The Nature Conservancy
Turning your yard – or other small outdoor space – into a wildlife haven is easier than you think. Get started with Habitat Network, an online community of citizen scientists working together to build habitat to support wildlife.

Help Fuel the Monarch Migration With These 6 Prairie Plants

August 29, 2016 • Benjamin Vogt • Houzz
Come late August, the new generation of monarch butterflies in southern Canada and New England is starting to gather for migration south to central Mexico, which lasts into mid-October for the southern U.S. Along the way, the monarchs will make countless pit stops to recharge on a tiring journey.

Caterpillars, Food Webs and Doug Tallamy

July 23, 2016 • Sarah O’Malley • The World Around Us
Ecosystems are like salad bars, you fill your plate with lots of leafy greens and then sprinkle lesser amounts of more concentrated food items on top (nuts, olives, bacon bits). Ecosystems have a similar food or trophic structure, at the bottom are the primary producers, the plants and other photosynthetic organisms, as you move up at each level there are fewer and fewer non plant individuals ( herbivores, omnivores and carnivores).

Vanishing Act: Why Insects Are Declining and Why It Matters

July 6, 2016 • Christian Schwägerl • Yale Environment 360
Insect populations are declining dramatically in many parts of the world, recent studies show. Researchers say various factors, from monoculture farming to habitat loss, are to blame for the plight of insects, which are essential to agriculture and ecosystems.

Karner Blues Make a Comeback

June 27, 2016 • Meghan McCarthy McPhaul • Northern Woodlands
The Karner blue, New Hampshire’s state butterfly, is a wisp of a thing, a tiny fluttering of silvery-blue wings. Unless you happen to be wandering through a pine barren or black-oak savannah, however, you’re unlikely to spot one. Even then, it would be a challenge, as the butterflies have been listed as federally endangered since 1992.

The First Hints of the Anthropocene Appeared Far Earlier Than You Think

June 21, 2016 • Sarah DeWeerdt • Conservation Magazine
A massive cross-disciplinary analysis suggests that altering the planet is something very close to fundamental to the human condition.

Innovations in Urban Forestry

Summer 2016 • Ian Leahy • American Forests
The idea of actively managing trees in cities and towns goes back to some of the world’s oldest civilizations; ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians, Chinese, Japanese and Romans all invested in green spaces within the expanses of their bustling cities. They created groves around their places of worship and planted trees around buildings, each in their own way recognizing the inherent value of engaging with nature, not just on great excursions but on a daily basis.

Studying the Tiger Swallowtail, a Familiar Sight Flitting in the City

June 10, 2016 • Dave Taft • The New York Times
These butterflies are not shy, and with a little practice, observers can learn the basics of how they communicate.

How Rising CO2 Levels May Contribute to Die-Off of Bees

May 10, 2016 • Lisa Palmer • Yale Environment 360
As they investigate the factors behind the decline of bee populations, scientists are now eyeing a new culprit — soaring levels of carbon dioxide, which alter plant physiology and significantly reduce protein in important sources of pollen.

How to Make Your Yard Bird-Friendly

April 8, 2016 • Audubon
Grow a beautiful garden that provides a safe haven for birds in the face of climate change.

The Global Solution to Extinction

March 12, 2016 • Edward O. Wilson • The New York Times
It is not too late to halt the alarming loss of species and biodiversity threatening the planet.

Madrid Is Covering Itself In Plants To Help Fight Rising Temperatures

Feb. 3, 2016 • Adele Peters • Fast Company
Vacant lots, city squares, a former highway, and even regular city streets are going to be filled up with trees and plants—everywhere you look.

A Fragrant Shrub That Smells Like Winter

Dec. 11, 2015 • Dave Taft • The New York Times
The northern bayberry, a large shrub growing in coastal woodlands from Nova Scotia to North Carolina, has a peppery scent that must be experienced up close.

Humanity’s Coming Of Age On Planet Earth

Dec. 8, 2015 • Adam Frank • NPR.org
Some of the five mass extinctions Earth experienced in the past were driven by climate changes. Future Earth will be just fine. It’s us humans we need to worry about, says astrophysicist Adam Frank.

Tallest American Chestnut Tree Found In Maine

Dec. 3, 2015 • Susan Sharon • MPBN News
A century ago American chestnut trees dominated the eastern woodlands from Georgia to Maine. Growing straight and tall they were prized for timber.

Rethinking Extinction: Toward a Less Gloomy Environmentalism

November 2015 • James K. Boyce • Harper’s Magazine
A little more than a hundred years ago, a bird named Martha, the last surviving passenger pigeon, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. Her death was remarkable in the annals of extinction not only because we know its precise date — September 1, 1914 — but also because only decades earlier the passenger pigeon had been the most abundant bird on earth.

The (Pretty Much Totally) Complete Health Case for Urban Nature

October 20, 2015 • Eric Jaffe • City Lab
An annotated, chart-filled look at the scientific evidence.

Poison Ivy in Autumn in New York

Oct. 2, 2015 • Dave Taft • The New York Times
If there is ever a time to admire poison ivy, it is in the fall, when the plant turns brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow.

Weed Whackers: Monsanto, Glyphosate, and the War on Invasive Species

September 2015 • Andrew Cockburn • Harper’s Magazine
On a Friday evening in January, a thousand people at the annual California Native Plant Society conference in San Jose settled down to a banquet and a keynote speech delivered by an environmental historian named Jared Farmer.

Threat to Tiny Golden-Cheeked Warbler Is Disputed in Texas

July 31, 2015 • David Montgomery • The New York Times
A showdown over a songbird’s status is part of a continuing national dialogue about the Endangered Species Act.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opening New Vistas

July 26, 2015 • Lisa W. Foderaro • The New York Times
Two new sections of the park are set to open in August, one a floral meadow on Pier 6, the other a reminder of the area’s industrial past.

Climate Change Causing Bumblebee Habitat Loss, Say Scientists

July 9, 2015 • Adam Vaughan • The Guardian
Scientists shocked at bees’ failure to relocate north to cooler areas as southern climes in Europe and North America become too hot for the species to survive

More Trees on Your Street Means Fewer Health Problems, Says Study

July 2015 • Monica Tan • The Guardian
Having on average 10 more trees in a city block improved how someone rated their health by a level comparable to an increase in annual income of $10,000.

In These Urban Forest Neighborhoods, The Houses Are Disguised As Trees

June 30, 2015 • Adele Peters • Co.Exist
If one Dutch architect gets his way, we might soon be living in car-free urban forests where the buildings look like trees. “Imagine living with nothing but green around you,” says architect Raimond de Hullu. “Imagine growing flowers or tomatoes on your façade.”

Woods Whys: Acorns and Weather

Summer 2015 • Michael Snyder • Northern Woodlands
Last fall when acorns were falling out of the oak trees by the thousands, a neighbor said we could expect a hard winter. Presumably the deer needed lots of acorns.

From the White House to Minnesota Gardens, an Effort to Make More Room for Pollinators

May 29, 2015 • Catherine Winter • PRI’s The World
Honey bees and other pollinators are in big trouble. President Barack Obama wants to help save them with a new protected bee habitat corridor along I-35 spanning the US from Laredo, Texas to Duluth Minnesota. Catherine Winter, who lives in Duluth and keeps bees herself, tracked down some other bee enthusiasts to talk about the president’s plan and their own efforts to protect the pollinators that help feed us all.

Oslo builds world’s first bumblebee highway

May 22, 2015 • The Local
The Norwegian Capital Has Inaugurated the World’s First ‘Bumble Bee Highway’, a Corridor Through the City Pollen Stations Every 250 Meters.

Seoul’s Skygarden: the High Line of South Korea?

May 15, 2015 • Francesca Perry • The Guardian
Taking a look at plans for an elevated park in the South Korean capital, the issue of heritage preservation in Calcutta and the death-defying leaps of urban explorers on the rooftops of Paris.

‘The Triumph of Seeds,’ by Thor Hanson

April 17, 2015 • Mark Kurlansky • The New York Times
“Oh, no!” I thought as I gazed at Thor Hanson’s book with pictures of seeds all lined up on the jacket in boring, well-spaced symmetry. If “The Triumph of Seeds” had really been about how the little acorn makes the mighty oak, I might have screamed. But the genius of Hanson’s fascinating, inspiring and entertaining book stems from the fact that it is not about how all kinds of things grow from seeds; it is about the seeds themselves.

New England’s Plants Face Significant Threat, Report Says

March 26, 2015 • David Abel • The Boston Globe
Nearly a quarter of all native plant species in New England are now either extinct, rare, or in a state of decline, while about a third of all the region’s plants are from elsewhere and an increasing number are considered invasive, according to a landmark report released Thursday by Native Plant Trust.

Why a Milder Winter Might Delay Spring Leaf-Out

Spring 2015 • PopClock
When most of us think about spring phenology, our image is of warm spring days, encouraging leaves to expand and flowers to open. What might be surprising to learn is how important winter (and even autumn) temperatures are to the timing of these springtime events.

The Etymology of Parking

2015 • Michele Richmond • arnoldia
I’ve always wondered why we use the word parking to describe a place to leave a car. For me the word evokes images of my neighborhood park, playgrounds, or New York’s Central Park: lush green spaces, not places easily reconciled with a patch of asphalt.

How to Mend the Conservation Guide

October 31, 2014 • Emma Marris and Greg Aplet •The New York Times
A SCHISM has recently divided those who love nature.“New conservationists” have been shaking up the field, proposing new approaches that break old taboos — moving species to new ranges in advance of climate change, intervening in designated wilderness areas, using nonnative species as functional stand-ins for those that have become extinct, and embracing novel ecosystems that spring up in humanized landscapes.

If You Plant Different Trees in the Forest, Is It Still the Same Forest?

October 19, 2014 • Bill Lascher • The Guardian
As the Nature Conservancy works to help Minnesota’s North Woods adapt to climate change, other environmentalists worry “assisted migration” may end up changing the forest’s very nature.

Do Urban Green Corridors “Work”?

October 5, 2014 • The Nature of Cities
It depends on what we want them to do. What ecological and/or social functions can we realistically expect green corridors to perform in cities? What attributes define them, from a design and performance perspective?

Bombs for Butterflies

July 23, 2014 • Jason Bittel •On Earth
If the key to saving monarchs is growing more milkweed, why aren’t we walking around with pockets full of seed?I’m here to tell you about a weapon that could change the world. It’s small, inexpensive, and easy to conceal. Discharging it in public wouldn’t harm any living creature; it wouldn’t even land you in jail. What it would do, believe it or not, is save millions of lives.

How Citizen Scientists Are Using The Web to Track the Natural World

June 23, 2014 • Yale Environment 360
By making the recording and sharing of environmental data easier than ever, web-based technology has fostered the rapid growth of so-called citizen scientists — volunteers who collaborate with scientists to collect and interpret data.

Global Change Is Now — Ecology Can Help

May 6, 2014 • Liza Lester • Ecological Society of America
Our planet is already changing. Current climate trends are bringing great disruption to ecosystems and the many species that share this planet—including people, because this is our environment, our home, our life support system. The economic costs of wildfire, drought, storms, fishery losses to ocean acidity, and the inundation of our coastal cities by sea level rise are clear.

Urban Nature: How to Foster Biodiversity in World’s Cities

January 6, 2014 • Richard Conniff • Yale Environment 360
As the world becomes more urbanized, researchers and city managers from Baltimore to Britain are recognizing the importance of providing urban habitat that can support biodiversity. It just may be the start of an urban wildlife movement.

Bee Boulevard: An Urban Corridor Becomes a Haven for Native Pollinators

September 19, 2012 • Claire Thompson • Grist
Sarah Bergmann does not see herself as a political artist. Promoting social causes, raising awareness — that stuff doesn’t appeal to her. But she likes asking questions. Doing so, she says, “allows me to learn about the world and respond to it, and do something physical based on what I learn.”

Revealed: How Seed Market is Controlled by Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow & DuPont

October 7, 2010 • Tom Levitt •Ecologist
How just five biotech giants have increased their control of the global seed market, promoting monoculture farming and making it harder for farmers to find alternative sources of seeds.

The Role Native Plants Play in Maine’s Environmental Health

July 8, 2021 • Maine Public • Maine Calling
A groundbreaking new report from Native Plant Trust and The Nature Conservancy, “Conserving Plant Diversity in New England”, calls for protecting native plants throughout New England by conserving 2.3 million acres of land. Maine Calling host Jennifer Rooks discusses the critical role native plants play for wildlife habitat and environmental health with Anna Fialkoff of Wild Seed Project, Eric Topper of Maine Audubon, Joshua Royte of The Nature Conservancy, and Maine state horticulturist Gary Fish.

Fall and Winter Seed-Sowing

January 4, 2021 • Wild Seed Project
Dedicated board member and seed volunteer, Ginger Laurits, demonstrates step-by-step how to sow seeds in late fall and winter.

Planting Native Seeds

November 12, 2020 • Bird Hugger Podcast
Heather McCargo discusses propagating native seeds outdoors in winter with host Catherine Greenleaf in episode 10 of the Bird Hugger podcast.

Douglas Tallamy on “Nature’s Best Hope”

February 26, 2020 • Growing Greener podcast
Dr. Douglas Tallamy, an insect ecologist at the University of Delaware, discusses his new, best-selling book, “Nature’s Best Hope”

What If Everyone in the World Planted a Tree?

February 26, 2020 • Maia Films • BBC Radio
Trees are one element in the fight against climate change. So what would happen if everyone in the world planted a tree?

Greta Thunberg: ‘We Are Ignoring Natural Climate Solutions’

September 19, 2019 • Damian Carrington • The Guardian
Film by Swedish activist and Guardian journalist George Monbiot says nature must be used to repair broken climate.

An Economic Case for Protecting the Planet

September 2017 • Naoko Ishii • TEDGlobal Video
We all share one planet—we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines four economic systems we need to change to safeguard the global commons, making the case for a new kind of social contract with the earth.

A Short Film on Native Seeds

2017 • Truth Productions
Polly Hill Arboretum Executive Director, Timothy Boland, Curator, Thomas Clark and Horticulturist/Arborist, Ian Jochems, explain the intricate relationship of Martha’s Vineyard’s ecosystems, the MV Wildtype nursery and the importance of supporting local wildlife and biodiversity by growing indigenous plants sown from wild seed collected on Martha’s Vineyard.

Buildings That Blend Nature and City

October 2016 • Jeanne Gang • Ted Talk
A skyscraper that channels the breeze . . . a building that creates community around a hearth . . . Jeanne Gang uses architecture to build relationships. In this engaging tour of her work, Gang invites us into buildings large and small, from a surprising local community center to a landmark Chicago skyscraper. “Through architecture, we can do much more than create buildings,” she says. “We can help steady this planet we all share.”

Imagining a Forest of the Future

March 24, 2016 • Nicholas St. Fleur • The New York Times
A digital simulator helps visualize how a variety of factors, including carbon dioxide levels and drought, may affect tree ecosystems over 1,000 years.

Living on a Shrinking Planet: Challenges and Opportunities for a Sustainable Future

October 26, 2015 • Dr. Jonathan Foley• KQED Radio
The world is growing smaller in more ways than one—while the global population increases, covering more and more of the planet, the amount of livable, arable land diminishes in the face of a changing climate. How can we meet the needs of nine billion people while protecting the natural resources necessary for growth and prosperity? We will focus on this delicate balance and discuss ways to ensure a sustainable future, starting with our own backyard, in California.

Of Ants and Men

Sept. 30, 2015 • E. O. Wilson • PBS.org
An exploration of the remarkable life and groundbreaking ideas of biologist E.O Wilson, founder of the discipline of sociobiology.

How to Grow A Planet episode 1 – The Power of Flowers

June 12, 2012 • BBC
In this series Professor Iain Stewart tells a stunning story about our planet. He reveals how the greatest changes to the earth have been driven, above all, by plants.

The Nature of Cities

2010 • Charles Davis
“The Nature Of Cities” follows the journey of Professor Timothy Beatley as he explores urban projects around the world, representing the new green movement that hopes to move our urban environments beyond sustainability to a regenerative way of living.

Native Plants for New England Gardens

March 2018 • Mark Richardson and Dan Jaffe
This book provides natural history and growing information for 100 native perennial and woody plant species specifically for gardens and landscapes. Pick up a copy and support Native Plant Trust.

Witness Tree: Seasons of Change with a Century-old Oak

2017 • Lynda V. Mapes
The oak is a living timeline and witness to climate change. While stark in its implications, Witness Tree is a beautiful and lyrical read, rich in detail, sweeps of weather, history, people, and animals. It is a story rooted in hope, beauty, wonder, and the possibility of renewal in people’s connection to nature.

Garden Revolution: How Our Landscapes Can Be a Source of Environmental Change

May 2016 • Larry Weaner and Thomas Christopher
This lushly-photographed reference is an important moment in horticulture that will be embraced by anyone looking for a better, smarter way to garden. Larry Weaner is an icon in the world of ecological landscape design, and now his revolutionary approach is available to all gardeners. Garden Revolution shows how an ecological approach to planting can lead to beautiful gardens that buck much of conventional gardening’s counter-productive, time-consuming practices.

Wildflowers of New England: Timber Press Field Guide

February 2016 • Ted Elliman • Native Plant Trust
Wildflowers of New England is for hikers, naturalists, gardeners, and anyone wishing to learn more about the region’s diverse wildflowers, or just wanting to know the answer to “What’s that plant?” Ted Elliman, a plant ecologist for Native Plant Trust, describes and illustrates more than 1,000 species commonly encountered in the region, including perennials, annuals, and biennials, both native and naturalized.

A Native Plants Reader

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A Native Plants Reader is a departure from the typical BBG handbook. Rather than offering a toolkit of growing tips and practical instructions, this book presents a collection of narratives extolling the virtues of natives, outlining their fundamental contributions to our natural ecosystems, detailing our connections with them, describing the perils they currently face, and advocating for their preservation in the garden and larger landscape.

Katahdin Alpine Plant Community Explorer

Stahnke • Kitagawa Architects
This easy-to-carry, moisture-and tear-resistant guide is perfect to take along on your next hike. Learn to identify which plant community you’re in as you progress through Katahdin’s alpine elevation.

Why Keeping Mature Forests Intact Is Key to the Climate Fight

October 15, 2019 • Fen Montaigne • YaleEnvironment360
Preserving mature forests can play a vital role in removing CO2 from the atmosphere, says policy scientist William Moomaw. In an e360 interview, he talks about the importance of existing forests and why the push to cut them for fuel to generate electricity is misguided.

Why Bill McKibben Sees Rays of Hope in a Grim Climate Picture

April 30, 2019 • Elizabeth Kolbert • Yale Environment 360
The world has done little to tackle global warming since Bill McKibben’s landmark book on the subject was published in 1989. In an e360 interview, McKibben talks about the critical time lost and what can be done now to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.

Are Trees Sentient Beings? Certainly, Says German Forester

November 16, 2016 • Richard Schiffman • Yale Environment 360
In his bestselling book, The Hidden Life of Trees, Peter Wohlleben argues that to save the world’s forests we must first recognize that trees are “wonderful beings” with innate adaptability, intelligence, and the capacity to communicate with — and heal — other trees.

Nibbling on Natives in your Backyard and Beyond

September 24, 2017 • Russ Cohen
There’s an increasing inclination to utilize more native species in home landscaping, to support pollinators, birds, etc. Yet, for some property owners/managers, this alone may be insufficient motivation to “go native”. The “you can eat it too” characteristic of many native plants provides an additional powerful incentive for people to plant them. This PDF covers over two dozen tasty species native to Maine.