Spring Landscape Conference on Climate Change

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Warmer temperatures and frequent severe weather events are transforming landscapes and habitats in unprecedented ways. The Native Plant Center’s 2013 Spring Landscape Conference, Adapting to a Changing Climate, will examine why and how the landscape is changing, how plants and animals are impacted, and what can be done to help mitigate consequences and conserve native ecosystems. The event will be held at Westchester Community College in Valhalla on Monday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with a snow date of March 22.  The conference, which will consist of four presentations and a panel discussion by industry experts, will begin with an overview of how the climate in the Northeast has been changing such as with shifts in plant hardiness zones and earlier arrival of spring.  A case study on how rising temperatures affect the sugar maple examines whether this species, and the associated maple sugaring industry, can survive.  How other plants and animals have been impacted will be revealed in a comparison of the mid-19th century nature observations of Henry David Thoreau regarding spring flowering times, bird migration, and ice-out at Walden Pond, with what is occurring today.  As the conference aims to assist landscape professionals and home gardeners in dealing with climate change impacts, the final presentation will explore techniques for incorporating native plants into landscape designs that address today’s realities. The panel discussion will offer ideas, tools, and resources to help landscapers, designers, and gardeners meet the challenges of the new era.  For the first time, The Native Plant Center is offering Continuing Education Units (CEUs) accredited by the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) as well as Professional Development Hours (PDHs) accredited by LA-CES, Landscape Architecture Continuing Education System, which have been offered in the past. Registration is required; the fee depends on whether professional credits are requested. For further details and to register, visit www.nativeplantcenter.org or call 914-606-7870.