GOVERNOR PROCLAIMS APRIL 20, 2020,
NATIVE PLANT WEEK
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Friday, April 17, 2020)—On February 10, 2020, Governor Asa Hutchinson signed a proclamation that the week of April 20, 2020, is Native Plant Week. This recognizes the importance of native plants in bird-friendly communities and beyond.
Anyone can support wildlife by planting bird- and butterfly-friendly plant species for year-round food, cover and shelter. Regionally adapted or native plants have evolved with our local growing conditions and support local food webs. Gardens and landscapes composed of Arkansas’s native plants conserve water, save energy, and reduce pollutants and pesticides in comparison to turf grass. Further, some exotic ornamental plants used in landscaping escape into natural areas, where they outcompete native species and reduce biodiversity.
“Native plants are food for native insects that are food for our birds,” says Dr. Dan Scheiman, Bird Conservation Director for Audubon Arkansas. “With 96 percent of all terrestrial bird species feeding insects to their young, planting insect-proof exotic plants is like serving up plastic food. No insects? No birds.”
“Many native species are blooming now, so if you can do so safely, it’s time to get out to enjoy and explore their beauty and diversity across the Natural State,” said Susan Hardin, co-president of the Arkansas Native Plant Society. She is also heartened by the fact that “native plant nurseries are growing in number as the value of native plants are better understood by consumers.”
Native Plant Week proclamations have also been made by the mayors of Little Rock and Texarkana, as well as the property owners association of Hot Springs Village. These were signed with support from three local Audubon chapters: Audubon Society of Central Arkansas, Tex-Ark Audubon Society, and Hot Springs Village Audubon Society, respectively.
Anyone interested in incorporating native plants into their landscaping can consult National Audubon’s Plants for Birds database (audubon.org/plantsforbirds), which helps users find the best plants for the birds in their area.
Media Contact: Dan Scheiman, Ph.D., Bird Conservation Director, email@example.com (501) 366-0840
Native Plant Week Proclamation 2020
CAMNation enjoyed our holiday celebration with great food and conversation Thursday evening at the Nature Center. As usual, out hosts and our Enhancinators outdid themselves. 58 people had certified and 27 folks had more than 100 hours!
Leading the pack of these overachievers are Angela Corlett with 416 hours, Dave Danner with 653 hours, Leann Floyd with 652 hours, Bill Toland with 654 hours and Bert Turner with 917 hours!
Thank you Gary, for a great job!
The 2020 CAMN Board was elected:
President: Reed Green
Outgoing Pres: Gary Earleywine
President Elect: Davis Thompson
Secretary: Sam Yates
Treasurer: Peggy Trokey
Webmaster: Steve Hyatt
AMN Representative: Diane Brownlee
Curriculum Chair: Anne Holcomb
Project Coordinator: Lynn Foster
Of course the big event of the night is revealing the new Master Naturalist of the Year (fondly referred to as the MNOTY Award). The 2019 recipient is Reed Green who was stunned by the recognition, but very deserving because of all the projects he has taken on in only his 2nd year in CAMN. Reed also received the President's Award from Gary Earleywine for his invaluable assistance this year. Congrats, Reed!