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The Southern Pine Ecology and Management Research Work Unit (SRS-RWU-4159), headquartered on the University of Arkansas campus at Monticello, Arkansas, continues a tradition of research on plants, wildlife, and soils in pine-dominated forests of the southeastern United States. Our emphasis is on mixed loblolly-shortleaf pine and pine-hardwood forests of the West Gulf Coastal Plain in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, and the shortleaf pine and pine-hardwood forests of the Ouachita and Ozark Mountains in Arkansas and Oklahoma.

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Why Native Plants Are Best

In 1733, Peter Collinson, a botanist and cloth merchant, walked with great excitement to the ship docks in London. He picked up two boxes of seeds from an American farmer named John Bartram. With these exotic seeds, Collinson transformed English gardens. In return, Collinson sent Bartram seeds from England and other countries. Andrea Wulf discusses this great seed exchange and friendship in her book, The Brother Gardeners: Botany, Empire and the Birth of an Obsession. It’s a fascinating read. But Wulf fails to address the unintended ecological consequences of this innocent exchange.

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