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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The Mighty Oak – white oak that is!
Although not the tallest of the oaks, white oak (Quercus alba) is one of the most majestic with beautiful fall color. It is a reliable shade tree to plant near a house since it has a strong root network and grows somewhat slowly. Growing only 1 to 1½ feet a year may sound like a drawback, but it is an advantage since slower growing trees are usually more structurally sound than trees that grow quickly. A white oak tree can live up to 600 years, and the average height is 80 -100 feet - often with a spread just as wide. That may sound like a lot of tree, but I have three 50’ white oaks on my small 1/3 acre lot in Blair county.
White oak has more going for it than good looks. In Bringing Nature Home, Doug Tallamy reports that oak trees provide homes for over 600 species of butterflies and moths, and white oak supports the most insect species of all the oak species. Since birds eat many of these insects and their caterpillars, white oak is also crucial to birds' survival. Wild turkeys, wood ducks, bobwhites, blue jays, and other birds also eat the acorns – in an autumnal race to snatch them up before the deer, bears, squirrels, and other small mammals can devour them.
White oak prefers full sunlight and deep, well-draining soil that is slightly acidic to neutral. This species will tolerate clay loam and moderate drought but will often develop chlorosis, or yellowing of leaves, if grown in alkaline soil. So if you have the right growing conditions, what are you waiting for? It’s time to plant yourself a white oak – or two or three. The sooner you plant one, the sooner you will have a beautiful specimen that will provide shade and support wildlife for decades (or centuries!) to come.
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Article and photo courtesy of Karen Smith
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