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.
Nasa climate study warns of unprecedented
North American drought
California is in the midst of its worst drought in over 1,200 years, exacerbated by record hot temperatures. A new study led by Benjamin Cook at Nasa GISS examines how drought intensity in North America will change in a hotter world, and finds that things will only get worse.
Global warming intensifies drought in several ways. In increases evaporation from soil and reservoirs. In increases water demand. It makes precipitation fall more as rain and less as snow, which is problematic for regions like California that rely on snowpack melt to refill reservoirs throughout the year. It also makes the snowpack melt earlier in the year. The record heat has intensified the current California drought by about 36%, and the planet will only continue to get hotter….
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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