2013 New York Native Plant Conservationist Award
The New York Flora Association (NYFA) is seeking nominations for The 2013 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. For details click on this link.
This award is designed to promote botanical research in the state of New York. Proposals may be submitted by NYFA members and non-member students conducting research relating to the flora of New York, especially when a substantial portion of the work occurs within the state. Click here for details.
The NY Flora Atlas is NYFA's flagship product completed in partnership with herbaria across the northeast. The atlas is a source of information for the distribution of plants within the state, as well as information on plant habitats, associated ecological communities, and taxonomy.
A new addition to the NYFA products is the NYFA YouTube Channel where there is a collection of online videos from botanical experts describing how to identify various plant species.These videos provide tips and tricks often not found in standard manuals.
Can't wait until the next newsletter? Then visit the NY Flora Blog for frequent updates and stories.
NYFA as independent 501c3
Since its founding, NYFA has been an affiliate with the New York State Museum Institute. The NYS Museum Institute has been very generous and supporting of NYFA during this growth, but NYFA has matured to the point where the NYFA Board has recommended that NYFA work towards becoming an independent 501c3. As part of this, the legal team from the ProBono Partnership has agreed to serve as our legal representatives during this process.
Taxonomy Changes within Newcomb's Wildflower Guide
Since Newcomb's wildflower guide was published in 1977 there have been a fair amount of scientific name changes, about 350. Steve Young, NYFA Board Member, has updated the scientific names of Newcomb's to the names that are now in the New York Flora Atlas. There is a change on almost every page of the guide and it takes a little while to write in the new names but it's worth the effort, especially with all the name changes for the asters. As more names change, as they undoubtedly will, Steve will continue to update the list. Click here to see the list.
Herbarium Label Making Program (Theo)
An Access database to manage individual botanist's herbarium collections and print labels is available from the New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP). This was originally created by NYNHP as freeware, but the file does not include any technical support. We are currently looking for a new sponsor to ensure this software stays up-to-date. To access the installation files CLICK HERE.