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Eldblom and Johnson's new book
Eldblom and Johnson's new book

A lifelong passion for wild plants

Take a nature walk with Nancy Eldblom and you'll learn that there's much to appreciate beyond landscape and wildlife.For Eldblom, what most of us ignore as just grass or weeds are botanical obsessions. She and colleague Anne Johnson have hiked fields and forests and paddled waterways in St. Lawrence County for decades to document some 1,347 native and alien plants. They're out with a new book, Plants of St. Lawrence County, NY -- An Annotated Checklist of Vascular Flora. Eldbloom says the user-friendly guide to the county's plant life is designed for amateur and professional naturalists alike. Eldblom now lives in California; Johnson, near Waddington. Todd Moe went for a walk with Nancy Eldblom in the meadow and along the pond behind his home. It's a field of green this season, splattered with yellow, white and purple wild flowers.  Go to full article
Jonathan Cale and Celia Evans examine scale on a beech tree near Paul Smiths
Jonathan Cale and Celia Evans examine scale on a beech tree near Paul Smiths

Tracking beech bark disease in the Adirondacks

When it comes to tree ailments you've likely heard of Dutch elm, oak wilt and chestnut blight. But a little-known disease has biologists scratching their heads and spending time in the woods this summer. It's called beech bark disease and it was discovered in Maine and Nova Scotia decades ago. The disease has killed beech trees throughout the Northeast, and it's spreading. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

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