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2016 Field Trips

March 1
Time TBA
NC Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill

Rare Plant Discussion Meeting
Hosts: NC Botanical Garden, NC Zoological Park, and NC PCP

Join us in for the annual North Carolina Rare Plant Discussion Meeting. We will also offer a Natural Heritage Data Explorer (NHDE) Training Session March 2nd with NC Natural Heritage Program Staff.

March 31st

Redlair Field Trip 
Hosts: PCP Staff and ASB

The Association of Southeastern Biologists annual meeting is including a field trip to the Redlair Plant Conservation Preserve.

More information can be found at the ASB website.

April 22

Caraway Preserve Dedication 
Hosts: PCP Staff and Friends of Plant Conservation Program

Join us as we dedicate the newest NC Plant Conservation Preserve, the Caraway Preserve in McDowell County. More details to be announced.

May 7



May 8

1:00 - 4:00

Wildflower Hike @ Tater Hill Preserve
Hosts: Matt Estep, PCP Staff and Friends of Plant Conservation

Redlair Preserve -
Hosts:  Haywood Rankin. 

Join Friends of Plant Conservation, Matt Estep (ASU), and PCP Staff on an easy to moderate hike to see spring wildflowers. No facilities are available on site.

Bring a lunch and water.

EVENT FULL - Use the Contact Us form to check for cancellations. 

Join members for a walk on this 740+ acre bit of natural history in Gaston County, and home to the bigleaf magnolia.

May 14 
morning, time TBA
Suther Prairie Field Trip
Hosts: Robert Tompsins of Belmont Abbey College and Catherine Luckenbaugh of Mecklenburg County Herbarium (UNCC)
The UNCC Certificate in Native Plant Studies program is hosting a field trip to the Suther Prairie, perhaps North Carolina's only remaining true prairie. Contact Esther Carrasco ( or Paula Gross ( for more information and to sign up.
Event Full

July 24


International Bog Day 
Host will be the PCP Staff and Friends of Plant Conservation



Contact Nancy Stewart to RSVP, (919) 707-3755 or You will receive directions and any additional information when you have registered with Nancy.

Due to the fragile nature of these sites, guided tours will be limited to 15 participants (unless otherwise noted)- RSVP is necessary.  There are no trails, no facilities, and no water.  Often, these are remote sites, so you will be asked to bring water and snacks with you. 

There is no fee for Friends of Plant Conservation members; members of the public will pay $10, which may be applied to membership. Plant and seed collecting is strictly forbidden on Plant Conservation Preserves. This is also true during guided tours.  

We ask that you leave your pets at home.




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:




C/O NCDA&CS, NC Plant Conservation Program


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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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

 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.


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For information on the Friends of Plant Conservation, membership, or imperilled plants: 

Friends of Plant Conservation
1060 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC  27699-1060