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NPSNJ Annual Meeting 2014: To Plant or Not to Plant
Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at Georgian Court University
Lakewood, NJ
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NPSNJ Annual Meeting 2014: To Plant or Not to Plant
NPSNJ Annual Meeting
Spring Conference
To Plant or Not to Plant:
Factors to consider when deciding to plant (or not plant) native plants in landscapes and restoration projects.

Climate, Insects, Cultivars, Rarity

Saturday March 8, 2014
Georgian Court University, Lakewood NJ
10AM - 4PM

As you shovel out from more snow, your thoughts may have turned to spring. I have already received countless nursery catalogs in the mail just laden with bright green leaves, flowers of every hue and the hope of warmth and growth.  You may be putting together a wish-list of native plants you would like to add to your landscape, or working on a plant list to help repair mammal-, insect- or weather-ravaged landscapes.

Before you finalize that plant list we encourage you to attend this year's Native Plant Society of NJ Annual Meeting. This year we are dedicating this conference to making informed decisions about what to plant.

The factors seeming to come up more frequently when deciding what to plant are:

Climate Change:
Should I still plant natives? Will they be able to survive the future climate?

Rare and Endangered Plants:
Is it okay to plant these if I can find them for sale? What should I know about genetic diversity and propagation of these species? Aren't I helping the species if I plant them in my landscape?

Invasive Insect and Disease Threats: Southern Pine Beetle, Emerald Ash Borer, Viburnum Leaf Beetle, Wooly Adelgid are just a few of the insects attacking our native species. Is it worth continuing to plant these plants or is it just throwing money out the window?

Cultivars, Nativars:
These options for native plants are turning up in every catalog, as native plants become more and more popular. What should you know about cultivars? What in the world is a "nativar"? Are they still okay for pollinators? Will they still become part of a natural system? How will they interact with straight species of native plants? What will the environmental impact be if I introduce them to the species in my landscape?

Luckily we have gathered experts from around the state and the region to speak to each of these topics with the specific goal of helping you make a more informed decision as you plan your landscape and projects this spring.

All these questions answered for $35 including lunch! $25 if you are a member!

Please read below for more details. NEW! This year we are offering a $10 discount to members who join or renew between October 1, 2013 and March 1, 2014. So if you haven't renewed or haven't become a member yet, now is a terrific time!

Already sounds like something too good to pass up?

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

Kathleen V Salisbury
President, Native Plant Society of NJ

To Plant or Not to Plant:
Factors to consider when deciding to plant (or not plant) native plants in landscapes and restoration projects.

Saturday March 8, 2014
Georgian Court University, Lakewood NJ
10AM - 4PM

Registration:  General/$35  Member/$25 (with discount code)

Light Morning Refreshments and Lunch Included
Native Plant Sale to Follow
Information Tables for Regional Conservation Organizations
Join an NPSNJ Regional Chapter

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9:30 - Arrival & Check-In
10:00 - Welcome from NPSNJ
10:15 Invasive Insect Pest Threats -  Paul Kurtz, NJ Dept of Agriculture
11:30 -The Potential for Climate Change to Alter Native Plant Communities with Special Reference to the Situation in New Jersey
- Dr. Howard S. Neufeld, Professor of Biology Appalachian State University, Boone, NC
12:45 - Lunch
1:15 - Rare Plants: 2 Perspectives: Russell Juelg, NJ Conservation Foundation, and Ulrich Lorimer, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
2:45 - Making the Case for Cultivars - James Brown, New Moon Nursery
4:00 - Native Plant Sale

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Presentation Descriptions and Speaker Bios:

Invasive Insect Pests and Threats to NJ Native PLant Diversity

Emerald ash borer has been making the news and you probably have been seeing pictures of midwestern states nearly completely devoid of ash trees. SHould we continue to plant natives like ash, hemlock and maples when they are just attacked by invasive pests? Learn what ecological lessons we can learn from this insect and others threatening out native plants, and explore options for preventing the devastation we see in other areas from happening here.

Paul Kurtz - Entomologist NJ Dept of Agriculture, Division of Plant Industry

The Potential for Climate Change to Alter Native Plant Communities with Special Reference to the Situation in New Jersey

Plant communities are dynamic entities that constantly change due to successional processes as well as the immigration and emigration of species through time.  Today, human activities are causing climate change that is unprecedented in both magnitude and rate and which may cause the extirpation of some species and the migration of others either into or out of an area.  As a result, it may also force us to reconsider our notions of what constitute native and non-native species.  Of particular concern is the possibility that climate change may exacerbate the effects of invasive species and drastically alter native communities.  Lastly, those considering planting long-lived plants that will mature in a future climate very different from the present, will have to hedge their bets concerning which species to plant because our current abilities to predict success and failure are still fraught with much uncertainty.

Dr. Neufeld is currently a Professor in the Department of Biology at Appalachian State University, Boone, NC. He received a B.S. in Forestry from Rutgers University in 1975, a M.F. in Forest Sciences from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Science in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Botany from the University of Georgia in 1984. After his first postdoctoral position at New Mexico State University (where he studied light interception by creosotebushes and salt tolerance in range grasses), he began a National Research Council post-doctoral appointment under Drs. Dave Tingey and Bill Hogsett at the EPA Lab in Corvallis, OR, where he worked on the effects of ozone on root growth of tree seedlings. He has served as President of both The Association of Southeastern Biologists (ASB) and the Southern Appalachian Botanical Society. He currently serves as Chair of AppalAIR, the interdisciplinary atmospheric research group at ASU and is the first Director of the Southern Appalachian Environmental Research and Education Center which resides within ASU's Research Institute for the Environment, Energy and Economics.

Dr. Neufeld's research expertise is in the area of plant physiological ecology, and has included work on desert plants, forest understory plants, and the role of anthocyanins in vegetative tissues in plants. For over 25 years, he has been active in air pollution effects research; he was the principal investigator of a National Park-U.S. EPA sponsored research project on the effects of ozone on plants native to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and since 1992, his research group has investigated the impacts of ozone on native wildflowers in the Park. He has published 37 papers and one book chapter, and mentored over 20 graduate students, six of which have either completed or nearly completed their Ph.Ds at other institutions. He is the recipient of several awards at ASU for his research, including the Wachovia Award for Achievement in Environmental Research, the Faculty Research Award from the Association of Southeastern Biologists, the local Sigma Xi Chapter Outstanding Researcher Award, the 100 Scholars Award for Research from the ASU Office of Research and Graduate Education, and in the fall of 2012, was named the Donald W. Sink Outstanding Researcher in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2009, he organized the two-semester long Darwin Bicentennial Celebration at ASU, which brought in 14 distinguished Darwin Scholars in what was the largest such speaker series in the country.

Rare Plants: 2 Perspectives

Russell Juelg and Ulrich Lorimer will discuss their personal experiences with respect to proposed initiatives to propagate and plant rare plants as a conservation strategy, and their involvement in the debate about the efficacy and pitfalls of this strategy.

Russell Juelg is the senior land steward for New Jersey Conservation Foundation, where he manages the Franklin Parker Preserve and conducts field botany courses and field trips. He established the Partnerships for Plants Committee, hosted by NJDEP, which works to develop strategies for improvement of rare plant protection in NJ. He also wrote New Jersey Pinelands Threatened and Endangered Species, published by Pinelands Preservation Alliance. Past work experience includes three years as managing director of Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and 11 years as director of outreach at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. His favorite areas of research include Pine Barrens vegetation communities, field botany, and threatened and endangered species.

Ulrich Lorimer is the curator of the Native Flora Garden at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. He holds a degree in landscape horticulture from the University of Delaware, has perpetually soiled hands, is an admitted plantaholic, and tries to be outside as much as possible.

Making the Case for Cultivars
Take a look at what exactly are native plant cultivars, where the come from, and why they are appropriate.

James Brown has had the pleasure of growing, propagating and working with native plants for the last 20 years. James currently owns and operates New Moon Nursery, a small family run wholesale propagation nursery in Bridgeton, NJ.



Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at Georgian Court University (View)
900 Lakewood Ave.
Lakewood, NJ 08701-2697
United States


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