Choose local, preserve and re-plant: Your guide to the perfect Christmas tree

As the search for the perfect Christmas tree begins, three Cornell University experts who work closely with New York Christmas tree producers offer advice for picking, preserving and eventually re-planting the perfect tree. In addition, New York state agriculture commissioner Richard A. Ball is encouraging families buy trees locally and support tree growers across the […]

Despite devastation from forest fires, ecosystems rise from the ashes

The California wildfires have left a trail of devastation in their wake, killing dozens of people and burning hundreds of acres across the state. Amanda Rodewald, an expert in wildlife ecology and conservation biology at Cornell University, says that ­­– as efforts continue to extinguish new fires and clean-up the environment – we must remember […]

DEC’s wildlife plans will make New York lands more resilient

Todd Bittner, director of natural areas for the Cornell University Botanic Gardens, says the Department of Environmental Conservation’s proposed overhaul of wildlife management plans – specifically the efforts related to the elimination of detrimental invasive shrubs and pests – will make public lands more resilient. Bittner is responsible for stewarding more than 3,400 acres of […]

Cornell Board of Trustees approves ‘Cornell Botanic Gardens’ naming

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell’s living botanical and natural areas collection is getting a new name. Cornell Botanic Gardens was officially approved Oct. 28 by the Cornell University Board of Trustees, the final step in a broad rebranding effort begun more than two years ago. The new moniker replaces Cornell Plantations as the name of the […]