The New York Native Plant Conservationist Award
The New York Flora Association (NYFA) is seeking nominations for The 2016 New York Native Plant Conservationist Award. The award is meant to honor a person who has worked towards the conservation of the native flora of New York. To nominate a candidate send the following information to Anna Stalter (chair of the NYFA Native Plant Conservation Committee) at email@example.com.
1. Name, address, email, and phone number of nominator and nominee.
2. Why you believe this nominee deserves the award.
3. What the nominee has done to work towards the conservation of the native flora of New York.
Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017. The NYFA Native Plant Conservation Committee will determine the winner of the award, which will be announced sometime in early 2017.
2015 - Garden Club of East Hampton
from left to right: Julie Sakellariadis, Mike Bottinii, and Leslie Clarke of GCEH discussing the placement of protective cages on the orchids.
The Garden Club of East Hampton (GCEH) received the award for its project at Barnes Hole Road to revive the existing population of Platanthera ciliaris, the yellow-fringed orchid. The population, which was thriving as recently as 20 years ago, is the last known population in New York State and has been reduced to one blooming plant.
The GCEH’s work at Barnes Hole Road is part of a multi-year project under the aegis of, and with funding from, the Garden Club of America’s (GCA) Partners For Plants (P4P) program. P4P is a joint program of GCA’s Horticulture and Conservation Committees to monitor and conserve rare plants, restore native habitats, and remove invasive weeds on federal, state and local public lands. Since its founding in 1992, P4P has sponsored over 375 projects across the United States.
At the Barnes Hole Road site, GCEH is working in partnership with the Town of East Hampton, the Broadview Homeowner’s Association, and The Nature Conservancy – the 3 landowners of the site in question. In 2015 they protected the one blooming plant with a wire cage and placed chicken wire cloches over about 20 sterile leaves (a sterile leaf is an orchid plant that hasn’t yet stored enough energy to bloom). In March 2016, a team of volunteers from GCEH, The Nature Conservancy, and the community, led by Dr. Eric Lamont, consulting botanist, cleared brush and overhanging limbs from the site in order to provide more sun to the forest floor. Dr. Lamont noted that this will help the sterile leaves mature to the flowering stage. (See the East Hampton Star, April 21, 2016, “The Rare Orchid Emergency Squad.”) He is optimistic that we’ll succeed in providing the resources and resolve to maintain this site long term, given GCEH’s extensive history maintaining community gardens in East Hampton since the 1930’s.
2014 - Ed Miller and Nancy Williams
Working together, Ed and Nan have been a dynamic duo and tireless advocates for the flora of New York. They have created and curated native plant and fern gardens at the Landis Arboretum in Esperance, NY, co-authored guides to the Trees and Ferns of the Capital District, and have shared their enthusiasm for native plants with innumerable aspiring botanists and natural historians throughout the region.
2013 - Anne Johnson
Anne has been actively exploring the wild plants of New York for most of her life, particularly in her home county of St. Lawrence. She has performed plant ecology work at Fort Drum, conducted rare plant surveys for the New York Natural Heritage Program and works as a botanical consultant. In 2010, Anne co-authored with Nancy Eldblom the Plants of St. Lawrence County, NY, An Annotated Checklist of Vascular Flora. This is the most comprehensive guide to date for the over 1300 species that grow in the St. Lawrence region, including many previously unreported native plants. Anne has been a member of NYFA since its inception, formerly serving on the Board of Directors. Anne now volunteers as the editor of the quarterly NYFA newsletter. She has coordinated NYFA workshops and field trips, and leads hikes that connect people with native plants throughout the northeastern Adirondack region. Presenting the award at the NYFA annual membership meeting, President David Werier proclaimed the Plants of St. Lawrence County a botanical masterpiece, and lauded Anne’s tireless efforts to document the flora of this large and floristically diverse New York county.
2012 - Emily DeBolt
Emily is a certified Nursery and Landscape professional, avid botanist, and environmentalist. Through her work with the Lake George Association she came to recognize the importance of i ncorporating native plants in landscaping, and as a result founded Fiddlehead Creek Farm and Nursery in Hartford, NY with her husband Chris in 2009. The first 100% native plant nursery in the state, Fiddlehead Creek Farm is a labor of love. Emily and Chris grow native plants for sale to the public and provide lots of support and encouragement to those interested in using native species in their gardens and landscapes. “Emily has been a tireless advocate for native plants for many years in her role as Director of Education at the Lake George Association and as a partner with the Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program, as well as owner/operator of her native plant nursery. Emily has been an integral and important part of our efforts over the years to address aquatic and terrestrial invasive species issues in the Adirondack Park. "She is a go-to person for planning and implementation of invasive species control efforts and information regarding native plant species” said Dan Spada, NYFA board member and President of the Adirondack Research Consortium.