U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region


A rare fern has found two new homes in New York City, one of which is a creative designed experiment. Visitors and city dwellers will have the opportunity to connect with these plants and relate more closely to an important conservation issue.

Pots of young American hart's-tongue fern sporophytes. Once the plants grow larger and are able to withstand the changing temperatures, they will be planted at Clark Reservation, or another appropriate site. Credit: Bethany Holbrook/USFWS

Ever heard of American hart’s-tongue fern? Bethany Holbrook tells us why it’s a source of pride for New Yorkers, and what researchers are doing to save it.