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A Landowner's Guide to Native Warm-Season Grasses in the Mid-South

2004
A publication of the University of Tennessee about native grasses in the Southern United States.
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Alternatives to Lawns: Choosing What's Right for You

2010
Authors: George Weigel
Turf grass isn't the only option for filling our yards. This article offers alternatives to conventional lawns, such as meadow and low-growing groundcovers, and lists native species that grow well in Pennsylvania.
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Biodiversity Guidance for Solar Developments

2014
This document provides guidance to planners and the solar industry on how they can support biodiversity on solar farms.
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Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants (Updated and Expanded)

2007
In simple terms, this book connects the dots and makes it clear that increasing native insect biomass with native plants is the glue that holds together the web of life in the homemade habitat. Available at most book retail sources.
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DCNR's iConservePA: Promoting Native Plants & Conservation Stewardship

2009
This presentation focuses on DCNR's iConservePA program, specifically on native plants and stewardship
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Exotic Invasive Vines Fact Sheet

2011
Authors: Kim Vanfleet
Organizations/Sources: Audubon Pennsylvania
Two-page fact sheet that includes a description of invasive vines; how they are introduced to an area; why they are a threat to forests, birds, and other wildlife; invasive vines in Pennsylvania; their impact on the ecology of natural areas; how landowners can control and eliminate them; and native alternatives.
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Flora of Pennsylvania

Example of comprehensive state database of plants; where to turn to learn whether a species is native or introduced and where in the state it has been found. Also used for plant identification.
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Floristic Quality Assessment

2019
Authors: Nate Lotze
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Floristic Quality Assessment (FQA) is a standardized assessment method that calculates a numerical index reflecting the quality of native plant communities for a given area. It indicates the impacts of invasive species and can also be used to monitor the effectiveness of land-management and restoration practices. (Print version of ConservationTools.org guide)
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How to Create a Meadow in Southeastern Pennsylvania: The Basics

2013
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Environmental Council
This publication details the basics of what is required to create and maintain a native grass and wildflower meadow in southeastern Pennsylvania.
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Invasive Plants in Pennsylvania

This website has lists of Pennsylvania invasive plants and landscaping suggestions that are alternatives to using invasive plants.
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Apr 13, 2011
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Invasive Species Management Program

2009
Organizations/Sources: Pennsylvania Land Trust Association
Invasive species management programs help minimize the harm of invasive species on natural lands and encourage the health of native plants and wildlife.
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Meadows and Prairies: Wildlife-Friendly Alternatives to Lawn

2016
As homeowners become aware of the costs of maintaning lawns, both to people and to wildlife, many are choosing to replace all or part of their lawns with alternatives that are more friendly to wildlife and the environment.
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Meadows in Southeastern Pennsylvania

2007
Organizations/Sources: Natural Lands Trust
fact sheet
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Mowing to Meadows: Developing a Wilder Aesthetic

2014
Organizations/Sources: Natural Lands Trust
Converting part of your yard to meadow can save you time and money--think about less frequent mowing. And meadows help filter our groundwater, control flooding, add visual appeal, and provide critical habitat for sonbirds and pollinators.
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Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants

2007
Organizations/Sources: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
A book full of colorful photographs that profiles common invasive plants (national) and the native alternatives to take their place.
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Native Ornamental Grasses for Pennsylvania

2005
Authors: Ed Dix
A newsletter article focused on ornamental grasses in Pennsylvania.
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Native Plant Materials

Organizations/Sources: Natural Lands Trust
fact sheet on natives
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Native Plants for Wildlife Habitat and Conservation Landscaping

2003
This publication is an informational guide to native species appropriate for planting in the Chesapeake Bay watershed and adjacent coastal regions. It includes color photographs of the species, making it a user-friendly resource for landscape design.
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North Carolina Technical Guidance for Native Plantings on Solar Sites

2018
Guide for planting native species on solar farms to mitigate the environmental impacts of installing solar energy facilities.
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Pennsylvania Native Plant List

2005
The list contains information about plant species native to Pennsylvania that are suitable for use in BMPs. The list is sorted by plant type and then by scientific name. The table also contains information helpful for designing a planting plan for a successful BMP.
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Plants of the Chicago Region

1994
Authors: G. Wilhelm and F. Swink
Organizations/Sources: The Morton Arboretum
This is the current version of the book. The 1979 version is also recommended, and used copies can be found from online book sellers.
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Predicting Invasions of Nonindigenous Plants and Plant Pests

2002
Organizations/Sources: National Academy of Sciences
The book analyzes the factors that shape an invader s progress through four stages: arriving through one of many possible ports of entry, reaching a threshold of survival, thriving through proliferation and geographic spread, and ultimate impact on the organism s new environment. The book also reviews approaches to predicting whether a species will become an invader as well as the more complex challenge of predicting and measuring its impact on the environment, a process involving value judgments and risk assessment. This detailed analysis will be of interest to policymakers, plant scientists, agricultural producers, environmentalists, and public agencies concerned with invasive plant and plant pest species.
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Stream Restoration Techniques in the Lititz Run Watershed

Authors: Andrew Donaldson
Organizations/Sources: LandStudies Inc.
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Terrestrial & Palustrine Plant Communities of Pennsylvania

1999
Authors: Jean Fike
An in-depth breakdown of plant communities found in Pennsylvania specific to particular physiographic regions.
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The Plants of Pennsylvania

2000
The manual includes keys to families, genera, and species; extensive diagnostic illustrations; scientific and common names; and data on distribution ranges, relative frequency, rare and endangered species, blooming and fruiting periods; with taxonomic notes and an illustrated glossary. The information meticulously reflects the plants as represented in Pennsylvania and is derived from specimens collected within the state.
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The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania

1993
This volume is the first published product of the Pennsylvania Flora Database, created & maintained at the Morris Arboretum of the Univ. of Pennsylvania. The database has its roots in the work of Edgar T. Wherry, John M. Fogg, Jr., & Herbert A. Wahl, the “Atlas of the Flora of Pennsylvania”, published by the Morris Arboretum. Over a period of 40 years, Wherry & his colleagues gathered data from the major Pennsylvania herbaria & manually placed a quarter of a million dots on over 3500 maps. The Pennsylvania Flora Database retains the emphasis on specimen-based, site-specific data. The checklist of included taxa has undergone extensive review to reflect recent taxonomic & nomenclatural revisions. Questionable specimens have been re-evaluated with the result that several taxa included in earlier works were dropped. Recent discoveries have been added & distribution data has been updated. This vol. also includes collections made in the 1990s in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory (PNDI), the state heritage program. The maps present the accumulated collection of information for each taxon as represented in the herbaria. Illus., reprinted 1996.
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Tinkering with Eden: A Natural History of Exotics in America

2001
Authors: Kim Todd
Todd, the recipient of the PEN/Jerard Award for this book while it was a work-in-progress, recounts how some of the approximately 4,500 exotic insects, mammals, and plants have been introduced to North America, occasionally for the better (such as with the Vedalia ladybug)—but more often wreaking destruction on native species.
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Top 10 Best Green/Sustainable Practices for Recreation and Conservation Sites

List of best practices to ensure that parks and recreation sites and environmentally sustainable.
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Top 10 Stormwater Best Management Practices for Parks

List of effective nature-based stormwater management practices including riparian buffers, pervious pavement, trees, and bioswales.
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Trees in a Sustainable Community Park Setting: Enhancing Quality of Life for All

2008
Authors: Jessica Sprajcar
This article, published in Sylvan Communities magazine, provides a snapshot of the information found in the “Sustainable Community Parks” publication, with a specific focus on the use and benefits of native trees.
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