FRIENDS OF PLANT CONSERVATION
...conserving North Carolina's imperiled plants in their natural habitat by supporting the NC Plant Conservation Program...
"...wild flowers should be enjoyed unplucked where they grow." Theodore Roosevelt
NEW BOOK REVIEW:
Geology and Plant Life: The Effects of Landforms and Rock Types on Plants. Arthur Kruckeberg, Univ. of Washington Press, 2004.
The Demise of an Ecosystem??
FOPC board member Andy Wood is the Director of the Coastal Plain Conservation Group out of Hampstead, NC. He reports that:
"From 1992 to present, most of the world’s last living members of Magnificent Ramshorn, Planorbella magnifica, have been in the captive care of CPCG Director Andy Wood. This critically-imperiled and salt-intolerant freshwater snail once inhabited beaver ponds and blackwater streams within the lower Cape Fear River Basin, including Wilmington’s Greenfield Lake where it was last documented in the mid-1900s.
Unfortunately, this largest North American aquatic lunged snail has not been seen anywhere in the wild since 2004. This means CPCG may be caretaking the last living members of the species, including the precious Class of 2017 Magnificent Ramshorn."
It may not have quite the same appeal as, say, Shortia galacifolia var. brevistyla, or the flower of Magnolia macrophylla, but it IS, or should be, a vital part of a particular ecosystem. More about the creature below (yes, it is a snail), and the efforts to save it, can be read by clicking the button below:
2017 PRESERVE WALKS
Preserve walks are opportunities to slow down; wander through areas seldom seen; see, feel, and hear nature surrounding you. Walk with a small group led by experienced staff or volunteers who share their knowledge and passion for protecting our imperiled plant species, and see some of those species growing in their natural habitat.
Preserve Walks are free for Friends members and open to the public for $15 per person. Most walks are limited to 15 participants to protect the land and to provide you with an opportunity to visit, learn, and photograph these treasures of North Carolina.
There are no trails and no amenities of any sort on Plant Conservation Preserves. These are not recreational lands and Walks are intended to share the special nature of the Preserves and to promote their continued conservation. There is no public access to Preserves without a Permit.
Heller’s Blazing-star (Liatris helleri) is a North Carolina endemic species, known only to high elevation rocky outcrops and grassy balds of the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Threats to its continued existenceinclude:
Join the Friends of Plant Conservation to help protect this beauty from disappearing.
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The Friends of Plant Conservation supports the efforts of the NC Plant Conservation Program to preserve rare plants in unique habitats throughout North Carolina. The Friends of Plant Conservation provide support through education, resource development, and advocacy. Specific goals of our organization include the following:
We invite you to explore the navigation links to find lots of information about our organization, plant conservation, and NC preserves. You can also find ways that you can participate by becoming a member, volunteering, and making a donation to help the organization achieve its goals.
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