PSI Master Class: A Rose By Any Other Name… Identifying Rosaceae

Tuesday, April 16th, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

@ Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve

Members: $30 Non-Members: $35

Dr. Ann Fowler Rhoads, instructor

In the Pennsylvania flora the Rose Family is made up of 28 genera (144 species) of woody and herbaceous plants.  Growth form ranges from canopy trees in the forest to common wildflowers of fields and woods.  Flower and fruit form vary primarily by the degree of fusion in the ovary and its placement with respect to other flower parts.  In PA the family includes 1 federally listed threatened species and 18 that are tracked by the Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program.

While species identification in many Rosaceae genera is straightforward, others including the shadbushes and hawthorns provide an ongoing challenge because of the processes such as apomixus (seed production without sex).

The Rose Family is important to wildlife through the processes of pollination and seed dispersal.  It also includes important fruit and ornamental crops.

We will try to understand what holds the family together as well as the characteristics that allow us to recognize individual genera and species.

To register, call 215 862 2924 or e-mail Jared Rosenbaum, PSI Coordinator, at

NJ Invasive Species Conference

Click image above to download pdf version of conference agenda.

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about non-native invasive species in New Jersey.  Experts will talk about the newest emerging threats, best management practices, and the latest biocontrol initiatives.  Roundtable discussion in the afternoon are geared toward digging deeper into these topics.

To register, click here.  

Hope to see you there!

Feb 20 Flyer

Reducing Invasives, Retaining our Trees

Wednesday, February 20

Registration: 12:30, Session: 1:00-4:00.
Professional CEUs available Managing Open Space and Tree Canopies Duke Farms, Hillsborough Experts from across the region will present a panel on reducing invasives through better management practices. A second panel will feature arborists who can share strategies for reducing storm risk and maintaining the character created by our local tree canopies. We welcome planners, engineers, landscape architects, flood plain managers, tree commissioners, and department of public works staff. This workshop will provide educational credits for participants. For more information, contact Sara Malone.


13th Annual “Land Ethics Symposium: Creative Approaches for Ecological Landscaping”

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, Langhorne, PA

Brochure/information about the 2013 Symposium can be found at

Online registration – early bird rate until January

CEUs available

Sponsored by:

Presenting Sponsor: County of Bucks, Office of Commissioners

Premier Sponsor: Paul W. Steinbeiser, Inc. Landscape Design & Construction

Partner Sponsors: American Native Nursery, Aquascapes Unlimited Inc., Ernst Conservation Seeds, Inc., GreenVest, LLC, Moss Acres, North Creek Nurseries, Inc., Octoraro Native Plant Nursery, Pinelands Nursery & Supply, Princeton Hydro, LLC, Quercus Studio, LLC

Friends: Association of Professional Landscape Designers, Delaware Valley College – Department of Natural Resources, Mt. Cuba Center, Pennsylvania Landscape & Nursery Association Foundation, PA/DE Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects, The George Washington University Landscape Design & Sustainable Landscapes Graduate Programs


An Introduction to the Plant Stewardship Index for Land Managers

January 23rd, 2013. 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. FREE

In case of severe winter weather, snowdate is January 30th, same time.

The Plant Stewardship Index is a crucial tool designed for land managers to monitor, assess, and communicate the health of wild plant communities and the success of stewardship and restoration initiatives.

In this free class, we’ll introduce the basics behind the Plant Stewardship Index and discuss its use in comparing the natural values of different sites and for assessing change over time.

Topics will include use of the free online PSI Calculator, using PSI metrics to communicate the integrity of wild plant communities, plant survey basics, and designing more advanced surveys using transects and quadrats.

The class will be given by Jared Rosenbaum, Plant Stewardship Index Coordinator at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.

Location: The Classroom at the Duke Farms Orientation Center, 1112 Duke Parkway West in Hillsborough, N.J.

To Register: Call Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve at (215) 862-2924 or e-mail by January 21st, 2013.

 I attended this course the last time it was offered and it was excellent.   I highly recommend it!

Seats are still available to attend the 


Pittstown, New Jersey 

April 27th, 2012

9:00 am to 4:00 pm EDT

The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, Rutgers University, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are pleased to announce an upcoming Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course in New Jersey. This full day training will provide you with the latest science-based approaches to reversing the trend of pollinator declines, and will equip you with the recipes necessary to protect and manage habitat for these vital insects.


  • Identify approaches to increase and enhance pollinator diversity on the land
  • Knowledge of current best management practices that minimize land-use impacts on pollinators
  • Identify bees and distinguish them from other insects
  • Understand the economics of insect-pollinated crops, and the effects of pollinator decline
  • Knowledge of the current Farm Bill pollinator conservation provisions in programs such as WHIP, EQIP, CSP, and CRP
  • Ability to assess pollinator habitat and to identify habitat deficiencies
  • Ability to make recommendations to farmers and land managers that conserve pollinators (including subjects such as tillage, pesticide use, burning, grazing, and cover cropping)
  • Ability to design and implement habitat improvements, such as native plant restoration and nest site enhancements



Snyder Research & Extension Farm
140 Locust Grove Road

Pittstown, NJ 08867


April 27th, 2012    9 am to 4 pm EDT 


Thanks to Dr. Rachael Winfree and USDA-NRCS for making this course affordable to the public.

Registration is $45 per person and includes lunch and refreshments.


Registration is required for this course. Click here for more information and to register online. For questions, please contact Ashley Minnerath, Pollinator Program Assistant, The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, at or (855) 232-6639 ext. 102.

For NRCS personnel registration, please contact:

Jolie Goldenetz-Dollar
Pollinator Habitat Restoration Specialist
(609) 465-5901 or

Hurry, space is limited!

This Pollinator Conservation Planning Short Course is made possible with the support of a USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) awarded to Dr. Rachael Winfree of Rutgers University. Additional support for this training is provided by the following: USDA Northeast Sustainable Agricultural Research and Education (SARE) program, CS Fund, Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund, Sarah K. de Coizart Article TENTH Perpetual Charitable Trust, Turner Foundation, Whole Systems Foundation, and Xerces Society members.

Special thanks to Cape-Atlantic Conservation District, North Jersey Resource & Development, New Jersey NRCS, Rutgers University, and USDA-NRCS Cape May Plant Materials Center for helping to make this course possible.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration is holding their annual conference at Brooklyn College on March 23 to 24, 2012.  If the line-up is anything like last year, it could be very worthwhile to attend as many of the presentations were focused on issues that we face while managing our preserved lands in New Jersey.  Let me know if you are thinking of attending and perhaps we can carpool.