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Annual Meeting 2014

 

 

 

Upcoming Events

 

 


29 - 30 July

 29th:   6:00pm-9:30pm  International Bog Day: Mountain Bogs Evening Presentation

Jim Fowler:  Beautiful & Unique Plants of Southern Bogs

Rob Evans:  An Enchanted Garden at Cedar Mountain Bog

Katherine Schlosser: Cedar Mountain Conservation

 

30th:  9:30 am - 2:30 pm with possible visit to a private site from 3:00 - 4:30

Ed Schwartzman, NCNHP.  Southern Appalachian Bogs:  Conservation, Significance & Status

Dr. Chelcy Miniat, SRS, USFS.  How changes in forest composition affect water quantity, and inferring impacts on isolated mountain bogs

Dr. Jeff Wilcox, UNC Asheville.  Hydrology of mountain bogs

Dr. Mara Alexander, USFWS.  Rare & Endangered Pitcher Plants of NC's mountains and their status

Dr. Rebecca Hale, UNC Asheville.  Pitcher Plants & Their Phytotelma communities.

Part 2:  Partnering to Protect our Unique Bogs

     Adam Warwick, The Nature Conservancy/Bog Learning Network

     Sarah Frazer, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

     Gary Peeples, US Fish & Wildlife Service

     Michael Sweat, NC Forest Services

     Rob Evans, NC Plant Conservation Program

 

Optional: 25 for $25.00   3:00 - 4:30     An extraordinary opportunity to visit a private site featuring rare plants.  The owners have requested that the number be limited to 25, and that each of those 25 contribute at least $25.00 to the Cedar Mountain Bog Conservation Fund of the Friends of Plant Conservation.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to visit this site.

 

 

 

See Jim's work at:  http://www.jfowlerphotography.com/

DETAILS FOR THE PROGRAM


7 August

Time TBA            Imperiled Plants of Carolina Bays

Hosts: Harry LeGrand (NC NHP) and Rob Evans of PCP;  in Scotland County.  Join us for a botany walk at McIntosh Bay in Scotland County to hear about the imperiled flora and fauna associated with this particular Carolina Bay.  This is the state's location for the "Federally Endangered Canby’s dropwort (Oxypolis canbyi)...At least 10 other rare plants are present. The bays are also critical breeding habitat for rare amphibians, such as for Eastern tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum) and Carolina gopher frog (Rana capito)."

 No facilities are available on site.

 

"Tiger Salamander-Florida" by Glenn Bartolotti

 Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0  Link


To Register for 1 or all of these events, email Nancy.Stewart@ncagr.gov  or call her at 919-707-3755.

She will send you directions and details. 

                                                            

 

 

   
 
 
 
 
 
Oconee bells conservation
 

 

Shortia galacifolia var. brevistyla

Oconee bells

photo courtesy Charlie Williams

 
 

 

To contribute, click the DONATE button above.  You will be directed to the secure PayPal site where you may pay any amount using a credit or debit card (you do not need to have a PayPal account), or MAIL your contribution to:

 

 

FRIENDS OF PLANT CONSERVATION

C/O NCDA&CS, NC Plant Conservation Program

1060 MAIL SERVICE CENTER

RALEIGH, NC  27699-1060

 

Thank you for joining with others interested in protecting this plant and supporting restoration efforts at NC Plant Conservation Program preserves!

 



 

   

 
 
 
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Written permission from Friends of Plant Conservation is required for any use of photographs on this site.

 

 News
 
 
Photo courtesy Johnny Randall, NCBG
 
ALICE ZAWADZKI
 
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. 

Regards,
Katherine Schlosser
FoPC President

 
 
 

 
 

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.

 

Full Story


 

Venus Flytraps
 
 
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.
 
 
Dionaea muscipula
Venus flytrap
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
919-707-3755


 Saving the bog...
 
 
 

Xerophyllum asphodeloides

eastern turkeybeard

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