Fleshy fruit (soft mast) is a key food resource for many game and non-game wildlife species. Most species of birds and mammals consume fruit at least occasionally. Fruit consumption has been linked to mammalian survival and reproductive sucess.
In an effort to increase its conservation footprint and technology development, the East Texas Plant Materials Center is partnering with local universities to develop and facilitate graduate level studies.
The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) verified the Rose Lake PMC as meeting the standards of environmental protection established by MAEAP. The PMC is now verified in the Greenhouse and Cropping Systems for implementing appropriate pollution prevention practices
Interest in managing for native bees has been emphasized in recent years with the decline of the European honeybee and loss of habitat that supports native bees. One way to help native bees is to provide artificial nesting sites.
Currently there are over 450 plants in Washington recognized as rare and/or as species of concern.
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Common Weeds/Malezas Comunes
Indigenous Stewardship Methods
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