Posts by: Wendy Ford

  • Plant ID Experts Needed for Bioblitz June 18 & 19

    On Saturday, June 18th and Sunday, June 19th, The Friends of Goose Pond and the Indiana Academy of Science are hosting a bioblitz at Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area in Greene County near the city of Linton, Indiana. The primary aim of the bioblitz is to continue to gather baseline information concerning the flora…

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  • Check Out Eco Logic’s Native Plant Nursery

    From the Eco Logic Staff: Saturday June 18th from 9-4 will be Eco Logic’s Native Plant Nursery’s last 2016 Spring Plant Sale.  A portion of the profits from this sale will go to benefit Sycamore Land Trust. There is still a good selection of the majority of all our perennials, including Swamp, Butterfly, Common…

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  • Indiana Loses Conservation Advocate Fr. Damian Schmelz

    DNR, NRC officials pay tribute to Fr. Damian Schmelz DNR Director Cameron F. Clark and others paid tribute today to Rev. Damian Schmelz, a Catholic priest and Indiana conservation advocate, scientist, and educator who died Sunday at St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana.   “Indiana has lost an environmental gem,” Clark said. “You’d be hard-pressed to…

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    New INPAWS Chapter Creates Opportunities for Conservation, Stewardship, and Study FORT WAYNE, INDIANA, May 31, 2016—The Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) announces the formation of a new regional chapter: Northeast INPAWS (NEINPAWS). The INPAWS state organization officially recognized the new regional chapter in May 2016. NEINPAWS serves Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Steuben,…

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  • Watch for These New Invasive Plants

    “Watch for These New Invasive Plants” is the title of Ellen Jacquart’s talk at a recent meeting of the Indiana Academy of Sciences. AND she tells what to do when you find them: “Report IN”. Find Ellen’s presentation here:   It covers the following invaders with photos, detailed identification guidance, and how to report their location when you spot…

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  • USDA Has Grants Related to Invasives

    For anyone concerned with invasive plants, the USDA publishes a list of potential grants with short abstracts describing their applicability to various situations. It’s entitled “U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Grant and Partnership Programs that can Address Invasive Species Research, Technical Assistance, Prevention and Control.”  Direct link to PDF: Link to site on

  • Classified Forest Program Threatened

    Important Message from Liz JacksonIndiana Forestry & Woodland Owners Association There is [a] bill we need to watch. Senate bill 308 increases the assessed value per acre of classified forest land, classified windbreaks, and classified filter strips from $1 per acre to $13.29 per acre for the January 1, 2017, assessment date. For assessment dates…

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  • SWINPAWS Program January 16

    A winter chill is in the air and 2016 has arrived. Our annual Chew & Renew will give you a chance to renew your SWINPAWS membership, enjoy a light breakfast, and view an award-winning documentary. “The Story of Wildflowers of the Southern Appalachians” shows why Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a wildflower paradise. Over…

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  • Chapman Kelley Launches “Wildflower Works” Foundation

    This letter from artist Chapman Kelley was shared by the Council for Artists Rights. It will be of interest to those of you who visit Chicago. See also this interesting article about the “wildflower painting” that was savaged by the Chicago Parks Department, resulting in a lawsuit.  ========================================= December 14, 2015 Season’s greetings! I am…

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  • What’s Bioscaping?? Learn All About It at AC2015

    People are asking about the theme of our 2015 INPAWS Annual Conference–Bioscaping: Gardening for Life. What’s bioscaping? It’s planning your landscape to include a smorgasbord of native plants to nourish the creatures at the bottom of the food chain. With native habitat fast disappearing, essential food sources have gone missing. The majority of insect larvae…

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