Latest Botany News

US to plant 1 billion trees as climate change kills forests

Jul. 25, 2022 20:03 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday said the government will plant more than one billion trees across millions of acres of burned and dead woodlands in the U.S. West, as officials struggle to counter the increasing toll on the nation's forests from wildfires, insects and...

Volunteers studying pollinator plants at Virginia landfill

Jul. 17, 2022 09:04 AM EDT

EDINBURG, Va. (AP) — At the Shenandoah County Landfill recently, local educator Hannah Bement was overjoyed to see a monarch butterfly. “It gives me chills,” she said, watching as the orange-and-black insect fluttered over the plot of native wildflowers to land on a milkweed...

Blighted ash trees bring cost, hazards in Connecticut

Jul. 10, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Years of attack by an invasive beetle species have decimated Connecticut’s population of ash trees, endangering power lines and roadways and stretching towns’ budgets as they attempt to remove potential hazards. The iridescent green emerald ash borer...

California won't immediately list Joshua tree as threatened

Jun. 16, 2022 17:43 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California won't be listing the iconic western Joshua tree as a threatened species for now after the four-member Fish and Game Commission couldn't reach agreement Thursday on how best to protect the plant from climate change. After deadlocking on whether...

California debates listing western Joshua tree as threatened

Jun. 15, 2022 23:44 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California officials are weighing whether to list the iconic western Joshua tree as a threatened species, a designation that would make it harder to remove the trees for housing, solar or other development projects. The desert plant is known for its...

Nonprofit sues US to protect shrub in northeastern Caribbean

Jun. 14, 2022 19:16 PM EDT

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Tuesday, accusing it of not protecting an endangered shrub once thought to be extinct that grows in some areas of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. The shrub known as...

Review: 'Mini-Forest Revolution' shows how to mimic nature

Jun. 09, 2022 15:00 PM EDT

Mini-Forest Revolution: Using the Miyawaki Method to Rapidly Rebuild the World,” by Hannah Lewis (Chelsea Green) Trees serve us better when they are planted with friends. In “Mini-Forest Revolution,” author Hannah Lewis shows how a forestation method developed by...

Biden forest plan stirs dispute over what counts as "old"

May. 19, 2022 13:13 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden's order to protect the nation’s oldest forests against climate change, wildfires and other problems devastating vast woodlands is raising a simple yet vexing question: When does a forest grow old? Millions of acres are potentially on...

Scientists grow plants in lunar dirt, next stop moon

May. 12, 2022 13:40 PM EDT

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time, scientists have grown plants in soil from the moon collected by NASA’s Apollo astronauts. Researchers had no idea if anything would sprout in the harsh moon dirt and wanted to see if it could be used to grow food by the next...