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NDAL Webinar: Fostering Spontaneous Regeneration of Native Species

February 10 @ 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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This is part of the live webinar series, "Ecology-Based Landscapes: A Virtual Education Series for Professionals" presented by New Directions in the American Landscape and sponsored by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Designed for landscape architects, designers, restoration ecologists and horticulturists, these webinars will take place January - March.

See and register for the entire series on NDAL's website.​

Fostering Spontaneous Regeneration of Native Species: Releasing the Potential

Wednesday, February 10, noon – 3:30 p.m. CST

Part One: A New Jersey Pine Barrens Case Study
Instructor: Daniela Shebitz & Emile DeVito

Through this presentation, we will discuss how in communities without invasive species, restoring a natural hydrological or fire regime can be enough to foster spontaneous native species regeneration from existing plants and seed banks. We will illustrate how native wetland communities were restored, without planting, on a series of retired cranberry bogs. Atlantic white-cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) swamps were used as a reference site, and we found that all sites where natural systems were re-established were recovering strong native plant communities, regardless of the level of previous disturbance and restoration activities.

Part Two: Restoring Floodplains and Releasing the Hidden Seed Legacy
Instructor: Kelly Gutshall & Justin Spangler

Our seemingly pristine streams and woodlands are teeming with clues of the dramatic alterations that resulted from massive deforestation and a dependence on a water-powered industrial past. Before restoring our streams and floodplains, we must understand how this legacy continues to challenge our water resources with issues we are facing today… flood resiliency, water quality, and biodiversity. These challenges also offer opportunities for spontaneous regeneration of threatened and endangered species of plants and harbor animals dependent on these sensitive ecosystems.

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Questions? Email Sara Weaner at NDAL


February 10
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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