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ARBORETUM NEWSLETTER - Fall Edition

Yellowstone Arboretum

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QUARTERLY NEWSLETTER AND UPDATES
"MNLA North American Conifer Garden"
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A NEW GARDEN ADDITION...

The Yellowstone Arboretum is pleased to be the recipient of The Montana Nursery and Landscape Association Beautification Award for 2022. This award gives the arboretum the opportunity to expand the North American Conifer Garden with eight new specimens. With the volunteer help of the West High School Volleyball teams the trees were planted on a perfect Saturday morning. The area now has irrigation and  green grass. Signage will be installed soon. This garden will expose visitors to the positive aspects of growing conifers in south central Montana. Specimens range from Jack Pine to Rocky Mountain Larch to Canadian Hemlock !

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Koyami Spruce

Here are the top  most endangered trees in the world:

  • #1 Pennantia Baylisiana. This tree is possibly the rarest in the world, with just one known plant growing in the wild. ...

  • #2 Bois Dentelle. 

  • #3 Dragon Tree. 

  • #4 African Baobab Tree. 

  • #5 Monkey Puzzle. 

  • #6 African Blackwood. 

  • #7 Saint Helena Gumwood. 

  • #8 Honduras Rosewood.

ENDANGERED SPECIES "TREES"

Established in 1964, the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species has evolved to become the world’s most comprehensive information source on the global extinction risk status of animal, fungus and plant species.

The IUCN Red List is a critical indicator of the health of the world’s biodiversity. Far more than a list of species and their status, it is a powerful tool to inform and catalyse action for biodiversity conservation and policy change, critical to protecting the natural resources we need to survive. It provides information about range, population size, habitat and ecology, use and/or trade, threats, and conservation actions that will help inform necessary conservation decisions.

The IUCN Red List is used by government agencies, wildlife departments, conservation-related non-governmental organisations (NGOs), natural resource planners, educational organisations, students, and the business community. The Red List process has become a massive enterprise involving the IUCN Global Species Program staff, partner organisations and experts in the IUCN Species Survival Commission and partner networks who compile the species information to make The IUCN Red List the indispensable product it is today.

The Yellowstone Arboretum has many specimens that have been red listed by the IUCN plus many "rare to Montana" species:

Critically Endangered                           Endangered

Koyami Spruce                                      Serbian Spruce

Green Ash                                              Ginkgo

White Ash                                              American Elm

Near Threatened

Mountain Pine (Cultivar of Pinus Monticola)

Yellowwood

Japanese Zelkova

Some of the arboretum's rare trees are: Kansas Hawthorn, Yellowhorn, Green Column Black Maple, 

Prunus triloba "Multi-plex", Chinkapin Oak, Amur Corktree, Korean Locust, Mongolian Oak

MORE IMPROVEMENTS....

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With the aid of the County Conservation Department a new shelter belt of Austrian Pine, Pinus nigra, was installed by ZooMontana staff along the backside of the Bison habitat and on top of the knoll between the habitat and the new MNLA Conifer garden. As these specimens grow they will provide a screen between the Bison viewing tower and back service center plus added protection against wind and weather on the south side. Austrian Pines are the most prolific conifers on the arboretum grounds and although they have become naturalized in many parts of Canada and some northeastern states we have not seen that naturalization occur here in the arboretum.

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 REFUGE UPDATE

 

Planting has commenced in the new Foster Waterfowl Refuge. Trees, woody shrubs, grasses and perennials have been introduced in the northern half including the first memorial tree for this area. If you haven't ventured down to this great new addition be sure to check it out !

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FALL CAMPAIGN

 

Fall clean-up, pruning, mulching and various winter maintenance continues as long as the weather is cooperative. The biggest visual impact is the mulching of trees in the Plaza and Asian Garden. The Homestead Collection is next on the schedule to get the trees ready for the colder months ahead.

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Yellowstone Arboretum, ZooMontana and the Botanical Park is happy to announce it's affiliation with the AZH, Association of Zoological Horticulture. The AZH is a network of associations and members specializing in the advancement of horticultural in Zoo environments and habitats and represents volunteer organizations such as ours.

The arboretum has already reached out to the AZH and is working on a plan to upgrade the Zoo's animal habitats and any grant programs available. The AZH also networks for the employment of interns for Zoo locations across the country and overseas.

Features" 

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Montana Moth Project

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Montana Tree Adventure

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Fall tree tips !

Be sure to check out all the articles in our feature presentations located on the main page of this website. This quarter we feature giant cedars, moths as pollinators and autumn tree care. Click here for more

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BILLINGS

POLLINATORS

GROUP

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COMINGS & GOINGS

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Billings will soon be able to experience the most fantastic holiday light display ever seen in Montana and it's on the grounds of ZooMontana. Set-up has begun and we've included some teaser pics below. Go to ZooMontana.org for more information and ticket info.

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DONATION

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A huge thank you goes out to the Billings Downtown Association for their donation of a new water tank, pump and trailer. The tank will be used by the arboretum and Zoo for tree and flowerpot watering and animal habitat maintenance.

NEW GRANT

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We are pleased to announce that the arboretum and ZooMontana are the recipients of the Wendy Andrew Cultivation Grant from the Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH). This grant will be used to upgrade the horticulture of various animal habitats. Only three Zoos/arboretums from around the country were the recipients of this prestigious award.

FALL COLORS

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This autumn has seen a fantastic and colorful array of colors. Above is one of the arboretum's hidden views looking through the bronzed leaves of a Sheepberry tree at the crimson leaves of a Staghorn Sumac.

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AWARD

The annual Media Award from the Montana Urban Community Forestry Association was presented to Hunter Gibbs for his work and media exposure conducting the Buckthorn Eradication Program at the arboretum.

From left to right: Steve McConnell, Billings City Forester and president of MUCFA, Hunter Gibbs, Scott Meyers,Yellowstone Arboretum

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IN MEMORIAM.....

It's with sadness that we say goodbye to team member Gary Montgomery. We considered Gary the arboretum's second eye. He was instrumental in guiding visitors to the animals, full of information, a keen birder and tree lover. He was always willing to learn something new from us just as we were eager to learn from him.

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OUR MISSION STATEMENT

"The mission of the Yellowstone Arboretum is to cultivate arboreta appreciation and understanding of our local heritage through public education, organic preservation and stewardship of our natural environment."