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Dr. Richard Olsen

New Director for the U. S. National Arboretum

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Richard T. Olsen as the Director of the USDA-ARS United States National Arboretum (USNA) in Washington DC, effective May 3, 2015. Dr. Olsen is currently a Research Geneticist and Lead Scientist in the Floral and Nursery Plant Research Unit (FNPRU) at the USNA. He served as Acting Director of the USNA in 2014 and most recently as Acting Assistant Director of the USDA-ARS Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

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Bald Eagles Again Calling the Arboretum Home

For the first time in almost 70 years, the bald eagle is nesting at the National Arboretum. Absent from all of the District of Columbia until 2000, the bald eagle’s last known nest site in the city was on the top of the Arboretum’s Mount Hamilton. Read more here

Tree planting

Women's National Farm and Garden Association Plants Tree to Celebrate 100th Anniversary

On Thursday May 14, the Woman’s National Farm and Garden Association (WNFGA) held its annual meeting in Washington at the U.S. National Arboretum.  In addition to recognizing the ongoing support the Association has given the National Arboretum, they completed their 100,000 Native Plants project.  The goal of the project, one of two centennial projects for the association, was the planting of 100,000 native plants to highlight the importance of our native flora in supporting beneficial wildlife in North American landscapes.

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Explore Grass Roots 

Learn about the uses and culture of all types of grasses at this new interactive outdoor exhibit.  Click here for details.

Grass Roots Initiative
An outdoor exhibit, lawn care information,
turfgrass research, and more!
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Last Updated June 18, 2015 8:17 AM