IRC is pleased to announce the release of “A Gardening Guide to Living on the Barrier Island”. IRC’s Chief Conservation Strategist, George Gann, authored this brochure with Rob Barron of Coastal Management and Consulting thanks to Kimberlee Duke Marshall of the Ocean Ridge Garden Club and Jerry Lower of the Coastal Star. This brochure, which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ocean Ridge Garden Club, discusses landscaping best practices for living on the barrier island. Specifically, the brochure details how to create a resilient, native dune, which common invasive plants should be removed, how to keep your lighting safe for sea turtles, and more! If interested, you can purchase a copy for $2 at the Ocean Ridge town hall.
IRC's Senior Botanist, Jorge Carlos Trejo, recently presented a talk at the IX Caribbean Biodiversity Congress, a triennial meeting organized by the Autonomous University of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Trejo presented on the Puerto Rican web page and data base Plants of the Islands of Puerto Rico and also discussed our Yucatán and South Florida projects.
Below: J.C. Trejo with Jorge Mancebo, Coordinator of the School of Agronomy, posing with the fist tree planted at the Arboretum of the Instituto Politécnico Loyola in San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic. The arboretum was funded in 1968 by the highly respected priest Julio Cícero, a Yucatecan that lived and contributed to botany for 44 years in the Dominican Republic. Trejo is currently preparing a essay on Cicero's life and botanical contribution in the DR, which is totally unknown in the Yucatán.