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Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White
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Botanic Gardens as Sentinels of Forest Health White

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  • 1. Garden as Sentinels: What’s in it for gardens North Carolina Botanical Garden
  • 2. Traditional Roles New Roles <ul><li>Demonstration of the best plants </li></ul><ul><li>Research/plant selection </li></ul><ul><li>Garden practices </li></ul><ul><li>Educational programs </li></ul><ul><li>Places for activity and pleasure </li></ul><ul><li>Endangered species: germplasm storage </li></ul><ul><li>Reintroduction and restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Invasive species </li></ul><ul><li>Species inventory and monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>Land conservation </li></ul><ul><li>Taxonomy and discovery </li></ul><ul><li>Guarding natural history knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul><ul><li>Climate change and phenology </li></ul><ul><li>Human health and well-being </li></ul><ul><li>Guardians of natural history knowledge </li></ul>
  • 3. The Conservation Garden represents these new roles at NCBG: connecting gardens to nature, health, and environment Gardens ARE on the FRONT lines of the environment
  • 4. Eight Elements of the Conservation Garden <ul><li>Sustainable gardening </li></ul><ul><li>Conservation through propagation </li></ul><ul><li>Natural area conservation and restoration </li></ul><ul><li>Gardening with nature </li></ul><ul><li>Prevention of invasions </li></ul><ul><li>Conserving rare plants </li></ul><ul><li>Research and information </li></ul><ul><li>Education and experience </li></ul>
  • 5. Gardens as Sentinels Enemy Release & Biotic Resistance Gardens have always been more than plants, are always in an ecological domain
  • 6. What would we get out of this? <ul><li>The network—the whole greater than the sum of the parts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>the dispersion of gardens geographically and ecologically AND the capacity to work together </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advanced warning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both imports and exports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Native and alien </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Outreach to inform and enlist the involvement of gardeners </li></ul><ul><li>Training for Garden staff and capacity and partnership building for gardens </li></ul><ul><li>Services to identify unknown pests </li></ul><ul><li>Further connection to the issue of biological invasions </li></ul><ul><li>Supports collections databases </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens on front lines of environmental change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For the garden </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>For society in general </li></ul></ul>
  • 7. Challenges <ul><li>Positive and negative reports have different weights </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental effects on pest expression </li></ul><ul><li>Spatial effects on pest expression </li></ul><ul><li>Time effects on pest expression </li></ul><ul><li>But can sort out noise if have enough, plus warning not proof is the issue </li></ul><ul><li>Money, consistency, nomenclature </li></ul><ul><li>Gardens use pesticides </li></ul><ul><li>Congeneric relatedness issue, but some pests are generalists, some are specialists </li></ul>
  • 8. Web Site: www.ncbg.unc
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  • 10. <ul><li>Importance of conservation in garden missions </li></ul><ul><li>Not just plant display – no garden si without fungi, birds and ecological interactions; </li></ul><ul><li>PLUS gardens play a role in importing some; </li></ul><ul><li>Use our resources to benefit the world. </li></ul>

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