*USDA Releases New Plant Hardiness Map*

For the first time, the new map offers a Geographic Information System
(GIS)-based interactive format and is specifically designed to be
Internet-friendly. The map website also incorporates a "find your zone by
ZIP code" function. Static images of national, regional and state maps have
also been included to ensure the map is readily accessible to those who
lack broadband Internet access.

"This is the most sophisticated Plant Hardiness Zone Map yet for the United
States," said Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA Under Secretary for Research,
Education and Economics. "The increases in accuracy and detail that this
map represents will be extremely useful for gardeners and researchers." Click
here for more information<>

[image: USDA Map]<>

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-552-4461 / 706-540-0032
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