What are Phragmites and why are they a Problem?

Non-native Phragmites, also known as common reed, is a perennial, aggressive wetland grass that displaces native plant and animal species. Invasive Phragmites is one of the most widespread plants on Earth and is found worldwide. In the U.S. it grows in the eastern states particularly along the Atlantic Coast and increasingly across the Midwest and … Continue reading What are Phragmites and why are they a Problem?

Even invasive species can be beautiful

Water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes) is one of the world's worst aquatic weeds. It is characterized by rapid growth rate, extensive reproductive output and broad environmental resistance. It creates dense mats of vegetation that restrict oxygen in water, causing deterioration in water quality, fish mortality and declining biodiversity. A healthy acre of the plant can weigh … Continue reading Even invasive species can be beautiful

I dream of rain, I dream of gardens in the desert sand – Desert Rose

"Water is the true wealth in a dry land." --U.S. author Wallance Stegner, Beyond the Hundredth Meridian The Desert Rose is not a real rose, or a member of the rosaceae family, but a spectacular succulent! It is sometimes called the Elephant's Foot because its trunks swell to store water from summer rains to last … Continue reading I dream of rain, I dream of gardens in the desert sand – Desert Rose

Where would we bee without pollinators?!

Did you know that pollinators make 75% of our food crops possible? Globally, about 1,000 plants we depend on for food need to be pollinated by bees, butterflies, ants, hummingbirds, bats and other small animals. June 16-22, 2014 is National Pollinator Week. Find out what ecoregion you live in for a pollinator friendly planting guide. … Continue reading Where would we bee without pollinators?!

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous. -Aristotle

The Value of Water

Missouri: water plants growing below surface of Big Stream (Ozarks). By means of water, we give life to everything.  -Koran 21:30

By means of water, we give life to everything.  -Koran 21:30

Lichen is part of the biodiversity of vegetation in our watersheds and serves as tool for water retention.

- Posted by Jasmine Graf, NWNL Associate Director