Natural Lands - the magazine of Natural Lands spring-summer 2020 issue - Page 4

2 news gardens on guard. illustration by Alexander Lebron spotted lanternfly (nymph and adult forms) First launched in 2011, the Sentinel Plant Network is a collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association and the National Plant Diagnostic Network. The program relies on public gardens to serve as early detectors for new or existing plant pests and diseases. As a new member of the Sentinel Plant Network, Stoneleigh: a natural garden joins 250 gardens across the continent that regularly contribute reports and observations about pathogens and pests they observe on their properties. Once problem pests—like gypsy moth caterpillars, emerald ash borers, or spotted lanternflies—establish themselves in a new region, it is incredibly costly to manage them, both in terms of environmental impact and economic loss. In most cases, eradication and containment programs are most effective when the organism is identified early on. “As our climate changes, plants that have thrived in our region are under stress from warming temperatures, making them even more vulnerable to new diseases and destructive insects,” said Ethan Kauffman, director of Stoneleigh. “Public gardens like Stoneleigh and many others in the region can play an important role in helping to sound an early alarm for the plant pests and pathogens of tomorrow.” W buy the best. zone the rest. At Natural Lands, we’re all about open space, but we recognize that vibrant communities grow and change. Which is why we offer our services to help municipal leaders make smart, conservation-minded choices for development. Schuylkill Township in Chester County recently took an additional step in its longstanding commitment to land conservation with the adoption of Natural Lands’ progressive zoning ordinances. When land is developed, there is an opportunity to add to community open space, provided the municipality’s code has been updated to favor conservation. Natural Lands’ ground-breaking Growing Greener: Conservation by Design approach helps save an average of 62 percent of land in new developments as open space. Schuylkill Township’s ordinance updates received partial funding support from the William Penn Foundation’s Delaware River Watershed Initiative, which seeks to protect water quality in the Delaware River Basin. W this approach helps save an average of 62% of land in new developments as open space.