[Vision2020] Fw:Various: Reminder--St. Gertrude's trip Saturday; new issue Sage Notes; other items
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Subject: Various: Reminder--St. Gertrude's trip Saturday; new issue Sage Notes; other items
From: "Whitepine chapter INPS" <whitepine.chapter at gmail.com>
To: "White Pine Chapter" <whitepine.chapter at gmail.com>
Date: 06/03/14 03:37:16
Saturday June 7, 9:45a.m.: White Pine INPS trip: Blooming natural meadows of St. Gertrude's Monastery, Cottonwood, ID.
Leader: Nan Vance, insect pollinator enthusiast, and retired USFS Plant Physiologist.
Meet in parking lot, 1638 S. Blaine St. at Travois Way, Moscow. In Lewiston: meet at 10:30 at the Stinker Station, frontage road that meets Highway 12, bottom of Lewiston Grade. St. Gertrude's is at 465 Keuterville Rd, Cottonwood.
The focus of this field trip will be native plants and their pollinators, and the restoration efforts and forestry practices ongoing at St. Gertrude's. We may also see Cypripedium montanum, mountain ladyslipper orchid in bloom. At noon, the monastery will provide a room for us to have tea or coffee, and to eat the lunches we bring. Sister Carol Wassmuth will lead the tour, which begins at 1:00p.m. We're also invited to tour the visitor center and museum. St. Gertrude's is providing this visit and tours at no cost. St. Gertrude's Monastery and Historical Museum at St Gertrude Monastery.
Bring a lunch, water, hat, sunscreen, camera, and sturdy hiking shoes. For any last-minute updates, visit http://www.whitepineinps.org/, or phone 208-892-8079. Leader Nan Vance's cell phone number is 208 935-5183.
The May issue of Sage Notes has been posted online. Please see by clicking on the Current Issue icon on the home page (www.idahonativeplants.org)
or by clicking on the May 2014 link on the Sage Notes web page. http://www.idahonativeplants.org/news/SageNotesMay2014.pdf. Thanks, Cindy!
- June 7 is the deadline to register for the 2014 Joint INPS/Eriogonum Society Annual Meeting
- June 14 is the deadline to return the ballot for INPS Vice President and Treasurer.
The Registration form is in Sage Notes and also a link on the home page; and the ballot is in the May issue.
This issue has excellent coverage of the Rare Plant Conference. White Pine is especially grateful to members Kristen Pekas, Juanita Lichthardt, and James Riser for their research and presentations, and to Trish Heekin for the many ways she educates our community. And, we're all indebted to Derek Antonelli for his work as INPS Conservation Chair, including the North Idaho Rare Plant Working Group.
The printed Sage Notes should be mailed out tomorrow but some may not receive it before the June 7 date.
In Florida, roadside vegetation performs one-half billion dollars worth of ecosystem services, and would provide even more if native vegetation was used.
Contact: Lisa Roberts, Florida Wildflower Foundation: 407-622-1606, lroberts at flawildflowers.org; photos available upon request.
MAITLAND, FLA. - A recently released Florida Department of Transportation study conservatively estimates that roadside vegetation along the state highway system performs nearly a half-billion dollars worth of ecosystem services. The study found that value would increase to $1 billion if sustainable vegetation management practices such as reduced mowing were adopted. The value would triple to $1.5 billion if wildflower areas were incorporated into roadside landscapes. Ecosystem services include carbon sequestration, runoff prevention, and support of crop pollinators and other insects, as well as contributions to air quality, invasive species resistance and roadside aesthetics.
The Florida Wildflower Foundation requested the Florida Department of Transportation study on behalf of the Florida Native Plant Partnership, which includes the foundation, Florida Association of Native Nurseries, Florida Native Plant Society, and Florida Wildflower Plant and Seed Growers Association.
"These findings are a significant step toward fully understanding the benefits of vegetation, including wildflowers and native plant communities, along Florida's state highways. It's clear such vegetation, which is often viewed as a financial liability, has significant value to every Floridian in terms of the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the waterways and springs we enjoy," said Lisa Roberts, Florida Wildflower Foundation executive director.
Research found that the $33.5 million cost of vegetation management during FDOT's 2011-12 fiscal year was more than offset by the value of carbon sequestration alone, a service that potentially could generate income for FDOT with the sale of carbon credits. The University of Florida-IFAS report, "Economic Impact of Ecosystem Services Provided by Ecologically Sustainable Roadside Right of Way Vegetation Management Practices," also concluded that FDOT could reduce its costs by 30 percent by implementing sustainable management practices, such as reduced mowing. Jeff Caster, FDOT's State Transportation Landscape Architect, suggests, "The roadsides where wildflowers occur naturally may be the best places to reduce mowing."
FDOT manages about 186,000 roadside acres - about one-half percent of Florida's total area.
To view the full report, visit http://www.dot.state.fl.us/research-center/Completed_Proj/Summary_EMO/FDOT-BDK75-977-74-rpt.pdf
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