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  • December 2011 – The Local Scoop | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Or for the Cryptic Paw Lichen Nephroma occultum by February 21 2012 Habitat protection for this lichen will also protect other flora and fauna that reside in the same old growth habitat in B C Quick Calendar picks to wrap up the year TV docs on TVO Recreating Eden Garden of the Gods with NANPS Honorary Director Freeman Patterson December 24th 4 30 5 p m Redwoods Anatomy of a Giant absolutely stunning program to end the UN International Year of Forests 2011 December 31st 7 8 p m Scoop s New Year s Resolution Counter to the loosing weight scenarios that most propose and end up failing by the end of the first month the Scoop is going out in very slim fashion before bulking up for a couple of special back to back issues in the New Year Check out the website including Scoop Calendar for updates and alerts www thelocalscoop org The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant you in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events Please email scoop nanps org if you would like to change your e mail address in our database If you would prefer not to receive news about NANPS in the future we will try to understand You may unsubscribe from future mailings by replying to this message with the words remove me in the subject line and we will take you off our

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  • November 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    Background Report Shell Fuelling Change At The Local Scoop we don t normally shill for anyone However we may shell out in this case Vote for one or more projects that you think are deserving of a 25 50 or 100K grant There are quite a few habitat restoration projects which always involve native plants think of it as atonement for all the oil spills perpetrated on the environment over the ages It s all about the plants Green Giving in so many ways through charitable donations Save native plants by saving the habitat and others benefit too Think of the warm cuddly critters that usually get the attention Plants are precious and need to be hugged too Just watch out for the thorns prickles and other defenses NANPS Of course we have to plug NANPS first We are maintaining two natural areas Shining Tree Woods in Norfolk Co and Zinkan Cove a rare alvar on the west shore of Lake Huron s Bruce Peninsula Your charitable donation goes towards the stewardship activities on these properties as well as towards public education to promote planting native species and eradicating invasive plant species The Nature Conservancy of Canada NCC Canada s leading national land conservation organization They are a private non profit group that partners with corporate and individual landowners to achieve the direct protection of our most important natural treasures through property securement donation purchase conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land and long term stewardship of properties Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to conserve more than 2 2 million acres 890 300 hectares of ecologically significant land nationwide They have a holiday gift giving program buy an acre or larger plot for a critter s habitat Imagine all of those native plants packed into an acre that could be saved forever for the price of 8 plants at the NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale Ontario Nature Malcolm Bluff Shores Protect your share Located some 40 kilometres north of Owen Sound Malcolm Bluff Shores is one of the largest unprotected expanses of woodland on the Niagara Escarpment The 423 hectare biodiversity hotspot includes four kilometres of Georgian Bay shoreline wetlands woodlands uplands escarpment and cliff face with ancient cedars Despite being situated within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve development remains a real threat if 100 percent of this property is not protected You can help secure the final 20 percent of this gorgeous nature reserve by protecting your share of Malcolm Bluff Shores today Remember this is home of the Hart s Tongue Fern a species of Special Concern according to the SARO list The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We do not trade or sell

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  • October 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    available for members only through the NANPS Seed Exchange We need to build up our supplies for the next exchange Please bring seeds from your native plant gardens or from ethically collected wild sources Details and guidelines Questions Speaking of seed banks just in Time Capsule for Seeds Project Baseline is an undertaking of a group of plant evolutionary biologists to spend the next four years collecting seeds that will be banked from five to 50 years Researchers will then be able to draw on them to analyze how a species reacts to changes in their surroundings such as climate change species invasions and new land use patterns The U S Department of Agriculture s National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation will prepare and store the seeds in liquid nitrogen and will cover costs It will also accept seeds collected by non Project Baseline researchers if they follow its guidelines In that way they hope to greatly expand the scope of the effort And the project may be able to dovetail with other collection efforts The U of T Koffler Scientific Reserve in King City will be the anchor location for the Canadian effort Local land water under siege Our local habitat in southern Ontario is constantly under pressure from human encroachment and ensuing activities Melancthon Mayhem For those of you who have been following the proposed Mega Quarry in Melancthon Township a beautiful online book is available for viewing Escarpment Muse Protect Malcolm Bluff Shores Home of the Hart s Tongue Ferns If you value natural habitat please keep this gem in mind Think of it as a Ferniture Restoration Project for your year end donation efforts with your NANPS donation too The rain falls lamely on the Moraine because it isn t protected On the 10 year anniversary of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act Save the Oak Ridges Moraine STORM Earthroots and Ontario Nature joined forces to shine a spotlight on the most severe threats to the moraine unmonitored water taking grandfathered development projects illegal dumping of contaminated soil This is southern Ontario s rain barrel Let s push for a review of the Act before the scheduled date of 2015 Mail Melee Some particularly those who use a school board or other government email address are not getting the Scoop e newsletters directly because the security settings on their computers are very sensitive To avoid this problem load the Scoop email address in your address book We will bring an email list to the AGM so that you can ensure we have your most up to date address on file Past issues of The Local Scoop can be accessed from the homepage The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We

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  • October 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    of Directors Karen Boniface 14 50 Presentation of Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Awards The Meduxnekeag River Association George Peabody Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy Bob Barnett Executive Director High Park Volunteer Stewardship Program and High Park Nature Sharon Lovett Chair 15 55 Door prizes a reason to stay until the bittersweet Celastrus end 16 00 Concluding remarks More Political Ponderances Torontonians Petition to save Environmental and Urban Agriculture Programs To maintain important environmental and community services including tree planting goals the urban agriculture program and the Toronto Environment Office including Live Green Toronto and to work closely with residents to enhance the community use of our parks Ontarians Stop the Mega Quarry in Melancthon Twp A numbered company operated under Highland Companies a Boston based hedge fund run by the Baupost Group proposes to excavate the largest quarry in Canada the 2nd largest in North America The Mega Quarry would be a 2 316 acre open pit limestone mine on prime farmland 100 km northwest of Toronto 600 million litres of water per day in perpetuity would be pumped out and with unproven technology injected back into the water table via wells With the possibility of contamination this could be the next Walkerton but on a much larger scale If the Mega Quarry proposal is adopted it would remove prime farmland local producers of 50 of the potatoes consumed in the GTA It would affect five watersheds including the Grand Nottawasaga and Pine Rivers and other sub watersheds And to put the threat in the NANPS sphere the quarry would abut the Niagara Escarpment a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve home to 40 of Ontario s rare flora along with numerous at risk species If you would like to support the movement to Stop the Quarry come out to FOODSTOCK Mega Feast to stop the Mega Quarry Join Chef Michael Stadtlander and about 100 other chefs from across the country for a public food event Jim Cuddy of Blue Rodeo fame Ron Sexsmith Hayden Sarah Harmer Cuff the Duke and lots of other entertainers will be lending their talent Any Other Business Scoop was due for a makeover The Local Scoop has a bold new look but everything is still there Keswick Call for help The folks at the Maskinonge River Recovery Project MRRP are still looking for that elusive mentor to help with a problematic native plant butterfly garden Details on the Scoop homepage Please contact Andee Pelan Maskinonge River Recovery Project Coordinator Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant you in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events Please

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  • July 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    native species IN the ground The alien seeds are almost ready to pop so we have to move fast Multiple options are available plant wildflowers in a designated area pull garlic mustard spread native grass seed in prepared areas or come check it out and give moral support Dress appropriately including gloves BYOTools if you have them small shovel trowels weed pullers pruners Please email for more information or to confirm your attendance Hope to see you there An Overstory of Sorts If you live in the Keswick area we have the perfect project for you The folks at the Maskinonge River Recovery Project MRRP need help with a problematic native plant butterfly garden installed in 2009 with some students of Keswick High s Environmental Club E Council The usual suspects are the culprits invasives moving in particularly thistles disrespect by way of vandalism and littering and native plants in need of assistance MRRP has a willing group of students who wish to help the school and support from the Town of Georgina The students have raised a substantial amount of money to support this project through a live potted Christmas tree fundraiser So there is a keen desire to make the garden a show piece in Keswick How many projects have all the pieces in place They have the money volunteers support and a desire for greatness They just need the Overstory the Overseer Champion or Mentor for the project Please contact Andee Pelan Maskinonge River Recovery Project Coordinator Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority All Stories can apply from across North America NANPS is looking for your photos of native plants including native plantings in parks to be used for non nefarious purposes i e NANPS website plant database and future publications Contact Plant suggestions are also needed for the website Plant of the Month spot And we are still searching for more North American addresses of related groups for a mass mailing of the 25th Anniversary issue of the Blazing Star Please send EVENTS Some of these dates are closer than they appear Loads of events are listed on the calendar so we are only highlighting some of them Please visit the Scoop Calendar for the full details and itinerary Also check the NANPS website under Excursions and Restorations July 1 Native Acer Species Day July 5 Hunter s Point Wildlife Park Wildflower Planting Richmond Hill July 6 The Understory The Forgotten Forest Layer Toronto July 10 Cedar Valley Park Pull n Plant Markham It s never too early to think of worthy candidates for NANPS awards gathering plants for donations for the plant sale at the AGM and seeds for the Seed Exchange Keep these dates in mind while you sip on cool mint juleps in the shade July 31 Nomination deadline for NANPS Garden Restoration Awards Sept 1 Nomination deadline for NANPS Volunteer of the Year Award Sept 24 NANPS Tour of Markham Oct 22 NANPS AGM The views expressed are of The Scoop and do

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  • May 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    arrange delivery at their usual price NANPS will receive a small referral fee from Amazon Lots more info about the plant sale On the Mark Mark s Choice to include NANPS in his column in the Toronto Star on April 30th was a brilliant move We extend a very special native plant bouquet of thanks to Mark Cullen garden guru writer broadcaster entrepreneur and NANPSter Contrary to rumour we will not be issuing wristbands at the door But with a mighty big plug from Mark perhaps we should consider it NEWS NANPS Weekender Weedender Bender at Shining Tree Woods May 13 15th NANPS is going on a bit of a bender If you are up to bending and pulling the nasty invasive garlic mustard then we really need you Not for the culinary faint of heart but try taking garlic mustard the pest and make pesto Lots of frivolity assured with a cookout on Saturday evening visits to other nearby conservation areas and a tour of one of Ontario s largest native plant nurseries Come for a day or stay for the weekend More info Another Greenspace still threatened The Ontario Ministry of Transportation is planning to construct a major intermodal transit hub on top of a heritage greenspace Friends of the Concord West Greenspace and the Bartley Smith Greenway Langstaff Ecopark are looking for help with a petition which has over 1200 signatories and appeals to the government to order the immediate transfer of the title of the Crown land presently owned by the Ontario Realty Corporation to the TRCA The transfer would allow the Concord West residents to protect the land which is ecologically part of the Bartley Smith Greenway natural heritage system and implement for its preservation the responsible stewardship solutions for which they have been pressing during a 16 year campaign Residents the City of Vaughan The Region the TRCA Environmental and Naturalist groups have opposed the location and still the Ontario government will not listen Hasn t this area suffered enough with losing trees in an effort to control the Asian Longhorned Beetle The Scoop has signed on You too can make a difference Time is short as the Legislature is obliged to respond to the petition by May 9th Campaign poster Petition letter EVENTS These dates are closer than they appear May and June are the busiest months so we are only highlighting some of the events Please visit the Scoop Calendar for the full itinerary May 5 RBG Auxiliary Plant Sale May 6 NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale set up May 7 NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale in Markham May 8 The High Park Community Advisory Council Plant Sale May 11 15 TBG s Annual Plant Sale May 13 15 NANPS 1st Weekend Weedend at Shining Tree Woods May 29 NANPS at the 13th Annual Richmond Hill Mill Pond Splash June 3 5 5th Annual Carden Nature Festival June 4 NANPS at Connecting People with Plants Humber College TLS Spokesplant Solidago canadensis a

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  • mid-April 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    as the 2009 NANPS Garden Restoration award 12 00 p m Invasive Garden Plants with Colleen Cirillo Colleen who works for Toronto Region Conservation Authority initiated the Healthy Yards Program in 2003 and co founded the Horticulture Outreach Collaborative in 2009 Currently she is coordinating the recently formed Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition You ll have the opportunity to ask questions at the Ask an Expert table or chat with a representative from the Toronto Entomologists Association as well as Sabrina Malach organizer of the Pollinator Festival at the Brickworks Volunteers Needed A driver is needed on Friday May 6th to bring plants from Whitby A cashier is needed Saturday May 7th for the sale Please contact volunteer nanps org EVENTS These dates are closer than they appear April 15 17 Green Living Show Toronto April 16 Walk on the Wild Side Pickering April 17 1st Seedy Sunday in York Region Aurora April 18 Free Workshop Your Green Yard Brampton April 22 EARTH DAY April 22 Life in the City A Nature Walk in the Heart of Toronto ROM April 23 Workshop Photography in the wild King City April 26 27 Conference Soils and Urban Trees TBG April 26 Wildflowers Bringing Beauty and Biodiversity into the Garden TBG April 27 Thickson s Woods Walk Pickering April 27 Solutions from the Underground How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World April 30 One Day Tree Seedling Sale Dufferin County April 30 The Weird but Wonderful World of Insects TBG April 30 Seedy Saturday at Everdale Hillsburgh April 30 A Taste of RBG Serving Up Our Gardens RBG Check the Scoop Calendar for more info and the latest listings The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or

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  • April 2011 – News & Events | The Local Scoop - Native Plants: Southern Ontario
    injury and blustery wintry weather We re hoping that this time Martin will rein himself in but not his humour and stay off his high ladder long enough to talk about more down to earth pursuits like gardening Besides there is no way we are going to chip in to buy him a ladder brake fern Pteris vittata as it is a non native species STAY TUNED FOR MORE GREAT SPEAKERS IN 2011 12 PLEASE VISIT www nanps org NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale Online Pre ordering Update Many NANPSters feel that not only has spring been delayed but so has the Plant Sale Online Pre ordering You would be right on both counts We know when it will end at midnight June 20th and April 17th respectively We just don t know when it will start Check our websites NANPS and TLS NANPS Annual Spring Plant Sale May 7th Volunteers appreciated for the Friday set up on May 6th and for Saturday especially for the clean up Please contact volunteer nanps org Save the Plants Save the World by May 22nd To save biodiversity we have to save the habitat upon which the array of native plants and critters including us rely Well it s not as if we can open up refugee camps for every species Closer to home Ontario Nature has a Biodiversity Charter that they would like to present to the Premier of Ontario and the Ministers of Natural Resources Environment and Northern Development Mines and Forestry The goal is 10 000 signatures for the Charter by May 22nd the International Day for Biological Diversity They are already a third of the way there Sign up be counted and spread the word These dates are closer than they appear April 1 deadline for nominations for NANPS Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Award Life on the edge the impacts of global warming on range limits plant ecology at U of T April 2 Learning to Live with the River Our River Our Health Guelph April 5 Lecture Going Green in the Garden Sustainable Strategies for Ontario Home Landscapes at U of Guelph April 6 Transformations Parking Lots Plants and Paradise R H Adrienne Clarkson at the TBG April 8 Urban Wildlife Habitat Gardening workshop at Guelph Arboretum Bringing Nature Home with Doug Tallamy at the ROM Check the Scoop Calendar for more info and for more of the latest listings The views expressed are of The Scoop and do not necessarily reflect The Local Scoop its parent company NANPS subsidiaries affiliates verticals hangers on or even those of the Spokesplant You have been sent this message because you are a current NANPS member or perhaps you were a member in your plant life We do not trade or sell any of the information collected we just plant you in our database and send email blasts to keep you informed of all NANPS events Please email scoop nanps org if you would like to change your e mail address

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