The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a Rare Plant and Natural Community Identification workshop June 6, 2013. The field trip/workshop will be led by Michael Schafale and Laura Gadd of the Natural Heritage Program, and will highlight some of the natural communities and rare plants associated with the southeastern Coastal Plain region of the state, in and around Brunswick County and the vicinity. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys. The registration fee is $85.
The southeastern Coastal Plain region of North Carolina is one of the most distinctive parts of the state and is host to many endemic and rare species and natural communities. This one-day trip will examine natural communities characteristic to this region, including pine savannas and flatwoods, pocosins, and as time permits, floodplains and depressional (limesink) wetlands. We will include a look at rare plant species that are visible in early summer, focusing on federally listed Lysimachia asperulifolia and Thalictrum cooleyi.
The Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Fourth Approximation of the Natural Communities of North Carolina (2012) is available for download at the NHP website here. You may also download a copy of Classification of Natural Communities of North Carolina (Third Approximation) by Schafale and Weakley, which has more descriptive text than the current Fourth Approximation. Bound copies of the Third Approximation can be purchased from NHP for $15 at the workshop.
Please bring a lunch and water as we will not stop at a restaurant. The registration fee does not include meals, however snacks and drinks will be provided.
Workshop attendees will be transported by van between field trip sites. The specific meeting site in Brunswick County and suggested hotel accommodations will be announced to registrants closer to the time of the workshop.
Please register soon. Registration closes on May 24th.
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