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Riverway Speaker Series: Conservation of Minnesota's Orchids and Rare Plant...
Thu, Apr 6, 2017, 7:00 PM
At a time of increasing human activity, both direct and indirect degradation of natural landscapes continues to put pressure on many of Minnesota's botanical treasures. While preserving these landscapes, through places such as Wild River State Park, is of utmost importance in protecting rare plants, it is becoming increasingly vital to develop additional techniques to preserve several plant species. The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is becoming a regional leader in this area and this talk will use our work at Wild River State Park with both orchids and rare plants as a springboard to a sampling of our work across both Minnesota and Wisconsin.
David received his undergraduate degree in Minnesota at Carleton College and his PhD from the University of Colorado Boulder where he studied plant reproductive ecology and evolution. He then worked at the Denver Botanic Gardens doing a mashup of horticulture, conservation and interpretation. He has also worked with the Navajo Nation in their Natural Heritage Program as a vegetation ecologist and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service as a weed ecologist. He is currently the Curator of Endangered Plants at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum where he manages the Plant Conservation Program, which encompasses rare plant preservation and restoration, native orchid conservation and other native plant initiatives.
Are you interested in learning more about the St. Croix Valley’s national park? Join the National Park Service and the St. Croix River Association in exploring the heritage, natural wonders, and communities of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway during this year’s Riverway Speaker Series.
Speaker Series presentations are free and open to the public. Reservations are requested as space is limited. Please reserve your seat today!