Looking Ahead

Dear Friends, Before I say anything else, I first want to thank you for helping the Earth Sangha have such a productive year! Your donations funded the expansion of our Tree Bank Nursery, jump-started our new reforestation efforts in the Dominican Republic, and brought our DC area seed collection efforts into the 21st century. You pulled invasives at Marie Butler Leven Preserve and planted native plants on public lands. You heard Lisa’s call and helped rebuild sections of the Wild Plant Nursery and transplant seedlings after a difficult winter damaged much of our woody stock. And your yards became homes to thousands of local ecotype, native plants from our Wild Plant Nursery. We are really l

Back To Basics: Wild Plant Nursery

Last year, I put together 2 infographics covering what we accomplished at the Wild Plant Nursery and the Tree Bank and I heard back from a number of members that they really enjoyed them. So we go again! I hope you enjoy this "snapshot" of 2015 at the Wild Plant Nursery. Look for the Tree Bank's snapshot next Friday. If you like what you see here, please consider including the Earth Sangha in your end-of-the-year giving. Two of very generous donors have pledged to match the first $50 of every donation that the Sangha receives, through January 15! That match could go a long way to help us put up even better numbers next year!

Id Lab #2: Two Common Smilax Species

Photo: A leaf of Smilax rotundifolia. Note the deltoid shape and similar length and width. Welcome back for another ID Lab! As a housekeeping note, I had hoped to write another ID Lab post earlier, but neither my schedule nor the weather cooperated. I’ve also started adding footnotes (Chicago style, natch) where I’m using terminology or making assertions that warrant further explanation than I can cover here. Despite my scheduling woes, I did manage to get a few photos of two species of native, frequently overlooked and underappreciated vines: Smilax rotundifolium and Smilax glauca. Commonly referred to as greenbrier and catbrier, respectively, these vines (technically, since they are woody,

December's Acorn has dropped!

Dear Friends, The end-of-year issue of the Earth Sangha’s newsletter, the Acorn, should soon find its way into your regular mailbox. We mailed it today. (Of course, you can also read it online.) If you’re not on the Acorn’s mailing list and you would like to be, just email me at info@earthsangha.org. We’ll mail you the current issue and put you on the list for subsequent ones. This issue includes: Our year at the Marie Butler Leven Preserve, in Fairfax County, Virginia. Matt wrote this, and he holds nothing back. Those who worked with us at the Preserve will thrill to the memory of bygone garlic-mustard pulls, or perhaps rekindle their pride in an especially picturesque heap of invasive slas

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Banner: Late October in a mixed stand of hickories, oaks, and American beech at Fountainhead Regional Park, on the northern shore of the Occoquan River, in Fairfax County, Virginia. Photo by Chris Bright. 

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