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A Guide to Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast

A new publication titled "A Guide to Conservation Plantings on Critical Areas for the Northeast" is now available on our National NRCS Web site. The guide covers some factors to consider when planning and implementing critical area seedings and conservation plantings in the Northeast.

It is divided into sections based on the steps in conducting conservation plantings starting with planning, selecting plant material, purchasing plant materials, and finally to installing the seeding or planting. Information is presented in both written and tabular format on all recommended plants providing easy access to plant characteristics useful when selecting specific species for planting. The online version provides direct links to the USDA PLANTS Database where photographs and other information are readily available.

Culturally Significant Plants

The National Plant Data Center (NPDC), in collaboration with Native American plant authorities, NRCS plant material centers, and university specialists, is assembling a series of Culturally Significant Plant Guides and technical notes for each NRCS region. These guides can help Native American tribes and NRCS field offices to establish and manage culturally significant plants and restore traditional gathering sites.

Nuisance and Invasive Species Information

Please visit the Nuisance and Invasive Species area of our Web page to learn about plant and animal species that are causing serious ecological and economic impacts in the United States.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map

The United States National Arboretum Web site presents a Plant Hardiness Zone Map that shows ten different zones, each of which represents an area of winter hardiness for the plants of agriculture and our natural landscape.

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The Seeds of Working Trees

Trees have a job to do. Put them to "work" on your land and watch them do important tasks like improve water quality, control soil erosion, increase agricultural production, and provide wildlife habitat. The right trees planted in the right places for the right reasons can add value to land-use systems.




Information Resources

Big Flats Plant Materials Center

Cape May Plant Materials Center

Conservation Plant Identification Tools and Guides
The USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program Web site provides a resource for conservation plant identification.

Identification of Grasses
A resource for the identification of grasses by vegetative characteristics. Included are grasses used for conservation, forage, restoration, and agricultural weeds. Presented by the West Virginia University - Davis College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences.

National Seed Laboratory
USDA Forest Service

Nativeplant Network

New York Flora Atlas
The New York Flora Atlas is a joint effort between the New York Flora Association, the New York Natural Heritage Program, the New York State Museum, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and other partner herbaria with the goal to provide users with a comprehensive searchable database of the vascular and non-vascular plants of New York State.

Northeast Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

USDA National Agroforestry Center (NAC)
The USDA National Agroforestry Center accelerates the application of agroforestry through a national network of partners.

USDA NRCS Forestry Web site
Agroforestry intentionally combines agriculture and forestry to create integrated and sustainable land-use systems. Agroforestry takes advantage of the interactive benefits from combining trees and shrubs with crops and/or livestock.

USDA NRCS National Plant Data Center (NPDC)
The National Plant Data Center acquires, develops, improves, and disseminates plant information to support NRCS and other efforts to improve the ecological health of the land.

USDA NRCS Plants Database
The USDA NRCS Plants Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.

USDA NRCS Plant Materials Program (PMP)
The NRCS Plant Materials Program selects conservation plants and develops innovative planting technology to solve the nation's most important resource concerns. The Program includes a network of 27 Plant Materials Centers and associated Plant Materials Specialists serving all 50 states and territories.

Woody Biomass Program
State University of New York  Environmental Sciences and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) has teamed up with over 20 organizations to facilitate the commercialization of willow crops and other woody biomass for bioenergy and bioproducts in the Northeast and Midwest United States.

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