Photo courtesy Johnny Randall, NCBG
It is with a heavy heart that we report the recent death of our friend and board member, Alice Zawadzki. We learned from her friends in Raleigh that she died June 30th at her home.
Those who knew Alice, or ever saw her, remember her for her unique style: a different color, head to toe, for each month of the year, and royal blue for traveling. She was a free spirit with a giant hug for friends and strangers alike.
More importantly, in addition to her faith and her love of folk dancing, was her commitment to rare plant conservation. She was a self-avowed "idea person," charting a path for others to follow and never hesitating to get involved in discussions that she thought would advance any efforts to preserve the natural beauty of North Carolina.
She was a tireless voice for the natural world, to paraphrase Johnny Randall, and a mentor to any who shared her passion. She will be missed by many.
She leaves her mother and a brother in New Jersey.
A memorial service is planned for Sunday, July 19th at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. with the service starting at 2:30.
Farewell to our friend.
Alan Weakley Named 2015 Morse Botany Fellow
NatureServe’s Larry E. Morse Visiting Botany Fellowship for 2015 has been awarded to Alan S. Weakley—one of the country’s foremost botanical taxonomists—for his long-standing and ongoing dedication to plant conservation.
Weakley, a longtime botanist and ecologist in the NatureServe Network, is now an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina and is the herbarium director of the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
Note: Alan serves as chair of the Scientific Committee, NC Plant Conservation Program.
January 8, 2015.
Less than a month after the state legislature increased the penalty for stealing Venus flytraps from a misdemeanor with a fine up to $50 to a felony with the possibility of up to 25 months in prison, a Wildlife Resources Commission officer arrested 4 men with a bag of 970 flytraps they had dug from public land.
photo courtesy David Blevins
Cedar Mountain Bog
Cedar Mountain Bog, with a soft peat floor, is recovering after a couple of years of hard work removing encroaching shrubs and trees. The opened canopy is allowing the return of a rich diversity of plant life. It is also attracted attention from those interested in seeing the transformation, and that has led to a couple of serious problems.
First, poaching of plants has taken place and is now being monitored. Second, the peat floor has been trampled in areas, inhibiting growth of newly emerging plants.
To allow the bog to fully recover, the bog is closed to foot traffic. If you have research needs or another solid reason to be in the bog, please contact the NC Plant Conservation Program office for a permit and/or a guided visit.
As a reminder, all PCP Preserves require a permit to enter.
For information on obtaining a permit, contact
Saving the bog...
photo courtesy Katherine K. Schlosser
The Friends of Plant Conservation gratefully acknowledges a donation from the North American Sarracenia Conservancy for restoration work in Cedar Mountain Bog.
Visit NASC at http://www.nasarracenia.org/
For information on the Friends of Plant Conservation, membership, or imperilled plants:
Friends of Plant Conservation
1060 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1060