Conservancy Blog

Conservancy Blog

Invasive Species Spotlight: Japanese Angelica Tree (Aralia elata)

The Japanese angelica tree (Aralia elata) is an invasive species that is relatively new to the Mid-Atlantic states. It is hard to know exactly when this species escaped into natural areas, but it likely went undetected for some time because of its close resemblance to the native species...

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Uncovering Secrets of the Forest

Have you ever wondered what kinds of stories a tree could tell? If only we shared a common language, trees could regale us with tales about the lands they have occupied for decades, or in some cases, even centuries. Fortunately, we don’t necessarily need to speak with trees to learn from them....

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Preying on Invasive Mantis Egg Masses

March can be a challenging month for gardeners in the mid-Atlantic region.  Spring is in the air, but wet soils and frost warnings make it a tricky time to complete many of the spring gardening tasks we are eager to check off our lists. One thing that can be done in March (and all throughout...

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Soapy Trees? Sometimes Trees Need a Shower

If you ever go for a walk in the woods during—or soon after—an extended rainfall, you might find an interesting spectacle: Numerous trees foaming at the base! Although an odd sight to behold, it is actually a visual representation of a process called stemflow. Stemflow is the act of water...

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