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OSI Helps Grow Protected Land in Tennessee?s
Southern Cumberland Plateau Region by 13,000 Acres

In a series of six targeted land conservation projects completed within a short six-month period, nearly 13,000 acres have been acquired and added to Tennessee state parks and wildlife management areas. The lands, clustered along the biologically rich Cumberland Plateau region as it stretches through Tennessee, have all been preserved thanks in large part to the Open Space Institute (OSI).  Read more.


Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 2.39.21 PMWhy Prairies Matter and Lawns Don’t
Lawns, along with row-crop farms, “improved” grazing pastures, and urbanization, are some of the biggest negative land conversions of native landscapes, and are direct contributors to the destruction of wildlife and native plant habitats throughout the world… The future of mankind depends heavily upon the health of native landscapes.
J. Crumpler, The Roaming Ecologist
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Bradford pear2Bradford Pear Trees Create Landscape Issues in East Tennessee
Bradford pear trees are one of the first trees to bloom in the spring in East Tennessee, but tree experts are warning that they are causing problems for the area.
3/30/2016 feature by WBIR
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Leaf litterLeaf “Litter”
There is no waste in the natural world.  Every part of every living and nonliving thing recycles into molecules that serve a purpose in ecosystems. Leaves are no exception.
6/23/15 article by Becca Rodomsky-Bish
on TheCornelLab YardMap Network
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MilkweedMonarchs get help from unlikely source: California drought.
Suburban homeowners ripping out thirsty lawns are dotting their
drought-tolerant landscapes with milkweed.
10/20/15 AP article by Gillian Flaccus
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Eupatorium sessilifoliumA handy guide showing the bloom times
for various native and non-native plants.
The dates are for middle Tennessee,
but are similar for the Tennessee Valley.
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Roadsides Provide Critical Habitat for Pollinators
A website post by Bibi Wein on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower site.
This article originally appeared in the
Fall 2015 Wildflower magazine (Vol. 32, No. 1).
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Three Ideas from the Evolving Garden

A posting by Benjamin Vogt on Houzz
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LawnLawns are a Soul-Crushing Timesuck and
Most of Us Would Be Better Off Without Them
A Washington Post article by Christoper Ingraham.
August 4, 2015
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mosquitoExotic plants may help enhance development of mosquito larvae
A scientific publication indicating that native plants (Blackberry, Elderberry, Serviceberry) actually suppress disease-carrying mosquitoes while exotics (Asian honeysuckle, Autumn olive) support population growth. This research is the latest chapter in how disease-carrying pest habitats are enhanced by exotic plants.
Published in Parasites and Vectors, June 16, 2015
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Tell Dmonarch-print-ad-broadsheet-final-w800-thumb-autox485-20504OW Chemical to “end this chemical arms race”
Sign the petition.
National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog
July 7, 2015
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NeonicAre Neonicotinoids Killing Bees?
A Review of Research into the Effects of Neonicotinoid Insecticides
on Bees, with Recommendations for Action

Published by the Xerces Society in 2012
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Bee pollinator

Only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide, researchers report. This study is one of the largest on bee pollination to date.
June 16, 2015
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Renaissance ParkCrews clear-cut in Renaissance Park to be ready
for battle against invasive species.

June 13, 2015
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Million Pollinator Challenge
National Pollinator Garden Network Launches
Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
June 3, 2015
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NWF LogoTwelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs
February 27, 2015
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NRDC sues EPA to Block New Pesticide
That Threatens Monarch Butterflies, Human Health.
October 15, 2014
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