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Plant Conservation Preserve Guided Tour Schedule 2014

Come out for a visit to the Plant Conservation Preserves. We will see rare flowering plants, amazing views, and hopefuly get some work done along the way.

All preserve visits must follow the "Take Nothing but Photographs, Leave Nothing but Footprints" rule.

The Plant Conservation Preserves and their living and non-living natural resources are to remain intact. The only exception is with the explicit guidance of PCP Staff members to remove invasive and/or nuisance species.

Date/Time Event Additional Information

March 15
10:00am-1:00pm

IT'S SO TUBULAR! (limit 15)
Hosts: Jean Woods, Preserve Steward and PCP Staff at Cedar Mountain Bog, Transylvania County.
Help us locate, tag, and collect data on two pitcher plant species including the federally endangered Mountain Sweet Pitcher. Work area is flat and relatively level. Supplies and training will be provided. No developed trails or facilities on site.
March 16
2:00pm-4:00pm
SPICE IT UP
Hosts: Dale Batchelor and John Thomas, Preserve Stewards at the White Woods (aka Pondberry Bay) Preserve in Sampson County. No developed trails or facilities on site. Restaurants are available in nearby Roseboro and Salemburg, NC
This Preserve features Carolina Bay wetlands and upland longleaf pine restoration, as well as a large population of Southern Spicebush, possibly the rarest shrub species in NC.  Participants will have the opportunity to see Southern Spicebush, likely flowering, and learn how prescribed fire is being used to restore one of the few Cypress Savannahs remaining in the region.

March 23
10:00am-1:00pm

CURRENTLY FULL!

CANCELLED

RING THE BELLS
Hosts: Rob Evans and Charlie Williams at the Caraway Tract, McDowell County - home to the largest population of Northern Oconee Bells.
Northern Oconee Bells does not occur naturally outside McDowell County, NC. As a special treat, we expect the plants to be flowering during this trip, a rarely seen phenomenon! Plan for easy to moderate hiking on site along existing trails.

March 29
10:00am-1:00pm

CANCELLED

RE-RING THE BELLS (limit 30)
Hosts: Rob Evans and Charlie Williams at the Caraway Tract, McDowell County - home to the largest population of Northern Oconee Bells.
Northern Oconee Bells does not occur naturally outside McDowell County, NC. As a special treat, we expect the plants to be flowering during this trip, a rarely seen phenomenon! Plan for easy to moderate hiking on site along existing trails.
April 12
1:00pm-4:00pm
DISJUNCTION JUNCTION (limit 25) Hosts: Jim Matthews (UNC-Charlotte professor emeritus), Catherine Luckenbaugh (Mecklenburg Co. Herbarium Curator), and Rob Evans at one of PCP's newest preserves, Morgan's Bluff in Stanly County. We expect to see Missouri Rockcress and Wright's Cliff Brake Fern; both species are imperiled in North Carolina and long range disjuncts found most commonly west of the Mississippi River. We will hike along the Rocky River, in some areas there are steep banks. No facilities are available on site.
April 12
10:00am-1:00pm
PRIVET SMACKDOWN
Hosts: Eno River Association and PCP Staff at Hebron Road Preserve in Durham County. No facilities are available on site.
We need volunteers to come help attack an infestation of Chinese privet scattered throughout a wetland portion of the Presreve. Bring hand tools if you have them, especially weed wrenches. Wearing tall boots and work gloves is recommended.
April 22
6:30pm
EARTH DAY!
Hosts: PCP, Durham Garden Forum, and N.C. Cooperative Extension: Durham County Center at the Doris Duke Center in Durham.
For more information, see link.
Rob Evans will introduce attendees to NC’s rich native plant heritage along with statewide efforts to conserve the most imperiled plants. The talk will include an introduction to rare plants in the Triangle region, introduce the Piedmont’s richest documented native plant habitat, and feature efforts to restore vestiges of the “Grande Savanne” just minutes from downtown Durham.
April 23
6:30pm
SALUDA COMMUNITY LAND TRUST- ANNUAL MEETING
Hosts: Saluda Community Land Trust, guests welcome at the Saluda Center in Saluda, NC.
Contact Betsy Burdette (828) 749-2161 for more information.

Rob Evans will introduce attendees to the Plant Conservation Program and its efforts to conserve imperiled plants across North Carolina, with special reference to western NC species and projects including mountain bogs.
See link for more details.

April 26
9:00am-12:00pm

CURRENTLY FULL!
PILE OF RESTORATION
Hosts: Eno River Association and PCP Staff at Hebron Road Preserve in Durham County. No facilities are available on site.

Please join us to continue ecological enhancement and restoration of the Hebron Road Preserve in Durham.  Volunteers are needed to gather and pile downed brush to make room for growth of prairie plants, as well as remove some accumulated trash.  

May 3
Time TBD
HISTORIC TOUR
Hosts: PCP Staff at White Woods Preserve in Sampson County. No facilities are available on site.
Join us for a cemetery clean-up and historic tour combination at the White Woods Preserve in Sampson County. We'll be piling and hauling brush so bring work gloves if you have them and wear long sleeves and pants, also closed-toe shoes or boots.
May 14
Time TBD
BIG BLOOMERS
Hosts: PCP Staff, FoPC, and Catawba Lands Conservancy at the new Redlair Preserve in Gason County.
Come see this jewel of the Charlotte metro area: 700 acres of diverse forests, slopes, and scenic fields plus the grand Big-Leaf Magnolia trees!
May 16
9:00am-11:40am
FLOWER EXTRAVAGANZA
Hosts: Rob Evans, Friends of Plant Conservation, and Preserve Stewards at Eno Diabase Sill Preserve in Durham County. No facilities are available on site.

Join Friends of Plant Conservation and PCP Staff on a tour of perhaps the Piedmont’s most diverse native plant habitat. Participants will see many uncommon plants, as well as at least three imperiled species; Hoary Puccoon, Wild Blue Indigo, and Smooth Coneflower.

May 16
1:00pm-4:30pm
ENDANGERED PLANT SYMPOSIUM
Hosts: PCP and NC Botanical Garden Staff at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.
Speakers include Misty Buchanan (NC Natural Heritage Program), Rob Evans (NC Plant Conservation Program), Johnny Randall (NC Botanical Garden), and Herb Amyx (NC Plant Conservation Steward).
The afternoon with conclude with a hands-on opportunity to participate in an endangered species recovery project.
May 29
8:00am-5:00pm
PIEDMONT RARITES AND MAFIC COMMUNITIES
Hosts: Laura Robinson, Mike Schafale, and Suzanne Mason (NHP) to multiple Durham and Granville County locations. No facilities are available on sites. Bring a lunch.
The NHP staff will be leading a fieldtrip for environmental professionals, botanists, and students responsible for conducting environmental surveys to see rare Piedmont species and mafic rock communities including one stop to a PCP Preserve. Registration fee is $85. See link for more information.
May 31
10:30am-1:00pm
BUTTON UP
Hosts: Harry LeGrand (NHP) and PCP Staff at Picture Creek Barrens in Granville County. Hiking is relatively flat and easy.
Among many rare species we will see, we will focus on the Tall Barbara's Buttons, first described in 2012, and known in only two counties worldwide. This species was named in honor of Harry LeGrand, our host!
June 7
Time TBD
TRAPPED AGAIN
Host: Lesley Starke at the Hog Branch Ponds Preserve in Brunswick County. No facilities are available on site.
Join us for a search for the elusive Meadow Clams (Aka Venus Flytraps). They should be easy to spot this time of the year while in flower.
June 28
9:00am-12:00pm
HARDWOOD HAVEN
Hosts: Dr. John Stucky of NCSU and Rob Evans of PCP in Durham County. No facilities are available on site.
Join us for a walk among mature hardwood forests of the Eno River upstream of Penny’s Bend. We hope to see and identify Basswood, which is known from perhaps a single specimen in the local area, and for which local botanists cannot agree on a taxonomic name!  This will be a great chance to botanize with one of the region’s experts and explore part of a natural area that few others have visited.
August 2 OR 9
10:30am-1:00pm
BLAZING STARS OR BUST (limit 7) Hosts: Chris Ulrey (NPS) and PCP Staff in Ashe County. No facilities or trails on site. Participants will help collect data from permanently marked populations of this high-elevation rocky outcrop species. Hiking will be strenuous across steep, rocky terrain.
August 16
9:00am-12:00pm
SINKHOLES AND SEDGES
Hosts: Richard LeBlond and PCP Staff at Hog Branch Ponds Preserve in Brunswick County. No facilities are available on site.
Participants will visit a collection of isolated “limesink” wetlands on the Hog Branch Ponds Preserve.  Limesinks are one of the most important and unusual habitats for imperiled plants in NC. With luck and persistence we hope to see several rare Beakrushes and other inhabitants of this habitat and special Preserve.

Contact Nancy Stewart to RSVP, (919) 707-3755 or nancy.stewart@ncagr.gov. 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.

Guided Tours of NC Plant Conservation Program preserves are also avilable by request. If you would like to arrange a walk for a specific small group, contact Lesley Starke (919) 707-3758 or lesley.starke@ncagr.gov for more information.


 

 

NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division - Plant Protection Section
Plant Pest Administrator - Phillip L. Wilson
Mailing Address: 1060 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1060
Physical Address: 216 West Jones Street, Raleigh NC 27603
Phone: 919) 707-3753 | FAX: (919) 733-1041