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The Wetland Trust is pleased to distribute "Landowner's Guide to State Protected Plants of Forests in New York State," a book by Dudley Raynal and Don Leopold.

Dr. Leopold is a researcher, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Department Chair at SUNY ESF, member of the US Army Corp of Engineers National Technical Committee on Wetland Vegetation, and author of 6 books (a brief biography is available at the bottom of this page).  This guide is an excellent addition to any naturalists' library.

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Book Summary

About one-quarter of the vascular plant species protected by law in New York state are found in forests. The Landowner’s Guide to State-protected Plants of Forests in New York State, by Dudley J. Raynal and Donald J. Leopold (SUNY-ESF, published in 1999, 92 pages), is a glossy, colorful guide to many of these species as well as an explanation of the various legal status categories.

The purpose of this book is to present the key diagnostic characteristics of these species. Forty-eight species of ferns and allies, 65 “wildflowers” (including 34 orchids), and 32 woody species are presented featuring crisp, bright photographs, brief botanical descriptions, habitat information, and NYNHP global and state ranks (in 1999).  

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 92 pages
  • Publisher: Syracuse Univ Pr (Sd) (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096706810X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967068107
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces

This book is available on Amazon.com


Dr. Donald J. Leopold, a Brief Biographic Sketch

After Don Leopold earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from Purdue University in 1984, he joined the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology in August 1985.  He has taught dendrology every year since.  In 1998 he was promoted to Distinguished Teaching Professor; in 1999, he was awarded the first SUNY ESF College Foundation Award for Exceptional Achievement in teaching.  In 2004, he was given the SUNY Research Foundation Excellence in the Pursuit of Knowledge award, and in 2007 received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service.  Don was selected to be Chair of his Department in February 2006.

Don has published 6 books; four are major treatments of trees in North America.  His fifth book, Native Plants of the Northeast: A Guide for Gardening and Conservation (Timber Press, Portland, OR) was given the Garden Writers Association Silver Media Award for excellence in horticultural writings.  In August 2009, he received the New York State Nursery and Landscape Association George L. Good Gold Medal of Horticulture Award for outstanding contributions to horticulture in the state of New York.

Don has garnered over $21 million of extramural funding as principal or co-principal investigator.  In 2007 he began serving on the US Army Corp of Engineers National Technical Committee on Wetland Vegetation.  His current research primarily focuses on examining drivers of diversity and rarity at micro to macro scales, the restoration of unique plant communities on alkaline industrial wastes in urban areas, and applications of this research to sustainable, urban landscape elements.  



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