Study shows loss of native flora in NYC

April 5, 2010 at 3:59 PM Leave a comment

Archive of WNYC’s Leonard Lopate show.   Dr. Gerry Moore, director of science at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and coordinator of the New York Metropolitan Flora project, discusses the first definitive findings that New York is losing native plants and many are being replaced with new plants, many from the South. The New York Metropolitan Flora Project is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of plant biodiversity in the metropolitan New York area.

Listen in as NYCWW’s Advisory Board member Julie Burstein discusses the state of our flora.

Here are a number of related articles – exciting to see lots of press coverage for this!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Aims to Save Native Plants – NY Times (print edition)

NYC Study: 50 Native Plants Disappearing – Time Magazine (this AP story also picked up by Boston Globe, Washington Post, Guardian UK, etc.)

Foreign invaders oust native plants in N.Y., elsewhere – Delaware online (another AP story)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Study Finds Local Native Plants Face Extinction – Village Voice blog

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