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  • 6 million seeds saved for the future — Lady Bird Johnson
    the future July 16 2015 Lee Clippard impact Wafer ash seeds Development habitat destruction and climate change place native plants and the food webs that depend on them in danger Storing seeds is a way to conserve native plants for future generations The Wildflower Center served as the Texas representative in the Millennium Seed Bank a global conservation project overseen by the UK s Royal Botanic Garden Kew All told two staff conservationists 100 plus volunteers and botany colleagues collected and stored 6 million seeds of 600 native species that form the backbone of Texas landscapes Center conservationists continue to work with state agencies private landowners and others to set aside seeds for what could be hundreds of years as part of the national Seeds of Success project With 11 ecoregions and more than 268 000 square miles in the state seed collecting in Texas is no small feat An emphasis is placed on high priority species for restoration projects with seeds collected and processed for safekeeping at a national facility in Colorado and at the Center s own seed bank Current seed collecting efforts are focusing on Texas ash trees threatened by the invasive emerald ash borer beetle and

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/3/6-million-seeds-saved-for-the-future (2016-04-30)
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  • Helped create 90,000 acres of native landscapes — Lady Bird Johnson
    the Wildflower Center s ecological designers have studied how to enhance landscapes with native plants and used those insights to help clients restore and create sustainable landscapes The Center s consulting work touches on all stages of a landscape s development from guiding the development of a site s restoration plan to providing detailed lists of native plants and materials for recreating ecosystems and using prescribed fire and other tools

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/26/helped-create-90000-acres-of-native-landscapes (2016-04-30)
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  • Helped save endangered native Texas plants — Lady Bird Johnson
    endangered native Texas plants July 10 2015 Lee Clippard impact The endangered star cactus Astrophytum asterias is now known only from one population in Starr County Texas Texas has 5 000 native plant species and each has evolved to play a particular role in its ecoregion Some plants are important food for mammals and insects while others are critical for hummingbirds and other migrators These plants also play important roles in ecosystems their roots hold soil during floods or they bring nitrogen into the soil Not only is the Wildflower Center conserving seeds as a way to save plants it has also helped to save endangered Texas plants such as Tobusch fishhook cactus star cactus and Texas poppy mallow In the case of the magenta mallow conservation staff and colleagues traveled to Ballinger Texas in summer 2010 to work in 90 degree plus temperatures to rescue 54 plants before a construction project began They dug up mallows in two dawn to dusk days from the deep sands these plants prefer and brought them back to the Wildflower Center for safekeeping and study After two years Wildflower Center conservation staff reintroduced them to an experimental population in Colorado City July 10

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/10/saved-endangered-plants (2016-04-30)
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  • Developed a low water native turf grass — Lady Bird Johnson
    20 million acres of lawns in the U S To turn this trend around Wildflower Center ecologists created and trademarked a less resource intense turf grass that is adapted for the southwestern U S Composed of four native grasses this Habiturf mix requires low to no water and little chemical input and maintenance once established As a bonus this native turf that has the small blades and softness of traditional

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  • Helped rejuvenate a unique forest with 300,000 "Lost Pines" — Lady Bird Johnson
    in Bastrop Texas that burned 33 000 plus acres of loblolly pines the Wildflower Center grew more than 300 000 of these trees for restoration efforts As of 2015 those pines loblolly pine saplings have been planted on residential properties and at a Boy Scout camp in Bastrop County as part of major restoration projects continuing in the rare Lost Pines ecosystem This project used Lost Pines loblolly seed that

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/10/helped-return-300000-pines-to-the-lost-pines (2016-04-30)
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  • Opened a one-of-a-kind family garden — Lady Bird Johnson
    expanded in 2014 with the opening of the Luci and Ian Family Garden Kids now nurture their wild side jumping between tree stumps imagining new worlds from inside giant bird nests and more This 100 percent native plant garden offers insights into eco friendly ways to create landscapes such as using recycled mulches and sunken gardens to capture rainwater The kudos have started rolling in for the innovative space a

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/24/opened-one-of-a-kind-family-garden (2016-04-30)
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  • Home of the most comprehensive online North American native plant guide — Lady Bird Johnson
    Clippard impact The Wildflower Center has created one of the country s most robust web based native plant databases for North America called the Native Plant Information Network The free website gives users access to more than 8 000 plant profiles one third of all North American species with an associated 45 000 plant images geographic ranges growing conditions bibliographies and additional supporting information It also provides users with lists of regional native plant suppliers and organizations an online question and answer area Mr Smarty Plants and more The website is used by more than 2 4 million people each year from around the world and those people look at pages more than 12 million times The native plant database is an important tool that can help both homeowners and landscape professionals create healthy gardens and landscapes that save water support pollinators and help the environment Homeowners use it to find native plants for use in their home and neighborhood gardens Landscape designers use it to find plants for clients Plant enthusiasts use it to identify rare species and learn more about the plants in their environment Botanists and students use it to identify and study native plants The database

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  • Mark Simmons — Lady Bird Johnson
    Lee Clippard Mark Simmons July 31 2015 Lee Clippard On being bold When I was 9 years old I accidentally set fire to the hay meadow behind my house and got in big big trouble with the farmer the fire department and worse my dad When I was 35 years old I went back to college studied fire ecology met Lady Bird Johnson and now set prescribed fires for a

    Original URL path: http://www.ladybirdjohnson.org/blog/2015/7/31/mark-simmons (2016-04-30)
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