Fall 2020 Photo Contest Winner
Congratulations to Pete Swauger, our 2020 Photo Contest winner. Fire Pink - Silene virginica taken at Raccoon Creek Wildflower Reserve. Click here to see other photo entries.
Announcing our Fresh New PNPS Logo: Conveying Symbiosis with Style!
We’ve hit the refresh button and updated our logo! In order to better communicate our purpose and recharge our outreach efforts, our new logo more effectively conveys the connection between native plants and wildlife in a Pennsylvania context, in one elegant graphic.
A picture tells a thousand words, but how do you best impart those words simply, cleanly, and attractively? PNPS turned to the Pennsylvania State University’s Department of Graphic Design to help us develop a fresh logo that could communicate the essence of our organization: advocating the conservation and use of native plants and, crucially, the understanding that native plants support wildlife, while identifying as a Pennsylvania organization.
Huiwon Lim, Assistant Professor in Graphic Design at Penn State, with an MFA in Graphic Design and MA in Environmental Graphic Design, generously offered his services and those of his student team (Sarah Bodnar, Samantha Chung, Grace Southern, and Lucas Sterrett) to work with us to create a brand-new and improved design, pro bono.
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What is a Native?
A native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention. We consider the flora present at the time Europeans arrived in North America as the species native to the eastern United States. Native plants include all kinds of plants from mosses and ferns to wildflowers, shrubs, and trees.
Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina) is not a native plant that many people consider for their garden, most likely due to the rhizomatous root system. However, if you have the room - perhaps a naturalized wooded setting - you may want to give this small native tree more consideration. Growing up to 25’ tall and that wide or more, it makes a great windbreak or natural screen. Its spread can be kept in check with mowing, although the root system actually makes it great choice for slopes since it helps prevent soil erosion. Staghorn Sumac prefers full to partial sun conditions and standard garden to rocky soils and is drought tolerant.
Staghorn sumac provides outstanding autumn color, and the bright red cones provide beautiful winter interest. Ring-necked pheasant, bobwhite quail, wild turkey, and a couple hundred species of songbirds (bluebird, cardinal, catbird, evening grosbeak are just a few) include sumac fruit in their diet. Sumac fruit is included in the winter diets of grouse.
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
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