Botanical forum set for April 5 in Columbus

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COLUMBUS — The Ohio Botanical Symposium, scheduled for April 5 from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., will feature the flora of the northeastern United States, Ohio rare plant discoveries and the fascinating interactions between plants and animals.

The all-day event is sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy and The Ohio State University. It is being held at Villa Nova, 1630 Schrock Road, in north Columbus.

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The keynote speaker is Robert F. Naczi, curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. He will discuss their project to revise one of the major botanical works, “The Flora of Northeastern U.S. and Adjacent Canada.”

Other speakers include: David Brandenburg of the Dawes Arboretum who will discuss asters, and Eric Burkhart of Penn State University who will speak about the ginseng industry.

The symposium will also feature a multi-media show and displays from a variety of private and public conservation organizations and vendors.

The $40 attendance fee includes conference materials, continental breakfast, buffet lunch and refreshments during the breaks.
Deadline. Registrations will be accepted until April 2. To register or learn more, visit www.ohiodnr.com/dnap or contact Rick Gardner at 614-265-6419.

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