Causes. Join NYBG for the Native Plants Summit: Current Status, Conservation, and Outlook for Plants of the Northeast. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Featuring Presentations, a Lunch Break, and Panel Discussion.
The northeastern U.S. hosts a rich diversity of native plants, many of which play essential roles for humans and the environment. Alarmingly, a significant number of these species are suffering a precipitous decline. Many are imperiled as a result, including one-quarter of species native to New York State. Despite these figures, no comprehensive or integrated program exists to study trends across the region. Through a series of compelling presentations, followed by a panel discussion, this Summit will address the gaps in our knowledge. We invite you to join us as the region’s native plant experts discuss the state of our area’s plant species, plot the best course forward, and highlight ways in which everyone can make a difference in saving native plants from slipping through the cracks.
Topics and Speakers:
Floristic Change in the Northeast. Robert Naczi, Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany, The New York Botanical Garden.
Invasive Plant Species in New York: Hitchhikers or Important Ecosystem Engineers? Bernd Blossey Associate Professor, Cornell University Department of Natural Resources.
Urbanization – The Bad, The Good, and The Very Good. Rebecca Dolan, Director of Friesner Herbarium, Butler University Department of Biological Sciences.
Lowland Boreal Plants: Distribution, Ecology, and Vulnerability. Jerry Jenkins , Project Coordinator for Forest Management, Wildlife Conservation Society Adirondack Program.
Mobilizing Citizens for Studying, Conserving, and Appreciating Native Plants in New York. David Werier, Recent Past-President, New York Flora Association.
The Promise of Native Plants and Their Communities for Restoring Degraded Landscapes and Creating Sustainable Green Systems. Donald Leopold , Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor, State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry Department of environmental & Forest Biology.
The Best Way Forward for Plant Conservation. Mary Klein , President & CEO, Nature Serve.
$30 Member/$35 Non-Member (includes box lunch).
$20 Member/$25 Non-Member (lunch not included).