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Plant Conservation Board

As stated in the Plant Protection and Conservation Act, The PCP Board consists of seven members. The Governor appoints a representative from the N.C. Botanical Garden, the botanical, scientific community of N.C., the N.C. Division of Forest Resources, and a N.C. citizen’s conservation organization. The Commissioner appoints a representative from the commercial plant production industry in N.C., the Department of Agriculture, and the N.C. public at large. Each member is appointed to serve a four-year term.

In summary, the powers and duties of the Board are:
(a) to publish a list of endangered species, threatened species, and species of special concern;
(b) to revise the lists when necessary;
(c) to regulate shipment of species on the protected plant list;
(d) to regulate any exotic species that may appear on the Federal Endangered or Threatened Species list;
(e) to regulate and forbid sale or collection of certain plant species growing in N.C.;
(f) to conduct investigations to determine if a plant should be listed;
(g) to adopt regulations to protect and conserve any protected plant;
(h) to establish programs for endangered and threatened plant species consistent with the Endangered Species Act, including the acquisition of land or aquatic habitats;
(i) to enter into and administer cooperative agreements through the Commissioner of Agriculture with other federal, State, or private conservation organizations concerning protected plant species and their conservation and management;
(j) to cooperate with any federal government or other state agency for the purpose of enforcing these provisions;
(k) to receive funds, issue grants, enter contracts, employ personnel, or purchase supplies to fulfill its duties;
(l) to publicize regulations under which permits may be issued to licensed nurserymen, growers, or botanical gardens for the sale or distribution of protected plants, provided that they are nursery propagated and grown from seed or by vegetative propagation, and that the plants bear the grower’s permit number.

North Carolina Plant Conservation Board Members
Mr. Mark Rose (Chairperson)
Flannery Fork Botanical Garden
1408 Colonial Ave.
Greensboro, NC 27408
Phone: 336-288-6558
Citizens Conservation Organization
Term Expires: 09/30/13
Governor Appointed

Dr. Peter White, Director (Vice Chair)
North Carolina Botanical Garden
UNC Chapel Hill
CB #3375, Totten Center
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375
Phone: 919-962-0522, 919-962-6939

Represents: N.C. Botanical Garden
Term Expires: 9/30/13
Governor Appointed

Mr. Les Hunter
NCDENR - Forest Resources
1616 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1616
Phone: 919-857-4833
Fax: 919-857-4805

N. C. Division of Forest Resources
Term Expires: 09/30/15
Governor Appointed

Ms. Katherine K. Schlosser
1402 Bearhollow Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: 336-855-8022

Public at Large
Term Expires: 09/30/16
Commissioner Appointed


Dr. Alexander Krings
NCSU, Botany Department
Garner Hall, Box 7612
Raleigh, NC 27695
Phone: 919-515-2700
Fax: 919-515-3436

Represents: Botanical Scientific Community
Term Expires: 09/30/15
Governor Appointed

Mr. David Hyatt
President/General Manager
Panoramic Farm, Inc.
3110 Tarlton Mill Road
Marshville, NC 28103
Phone: 704-233-4600, Cell: 704-622-3822

Commecial Plant Production Industry
Term Expires: 09/30/17
Commissioner Appointed
Mr. Jonathan T. Lanier, Esq.
NCDA&CS Legal Affairs
1001 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
Phone: 919-707-3010
Fax: 919-715-3559

Effective 6/4/13 Expires: 09/30/15
Commissioner Appointed

Plant Conservation Program Support Staff
Plant Ecologist: Rob Evans - Email:
Permits and Research: Lesley Starke - Email:
Ginseng Data Technician: Nancy Stewart - Email:
PCP Administrator: David Welch - Email:
Plant Industry Director: Vernon Cox - Email:
Plant Pest Administrator: Phillip Wilson - Email:
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Property & Construction Division: Kent Yelverton - Email:
Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001
Phone: 919-807-4366 Fax: 919-733-0999
North Carolina Department of Justice
Assistant Attorney General: Barry Bloch - Email:
Mailing Address: PO Box 629, Raleigh, NC 27602-0629
Phone: 919-716-6800 Fax: 919-716-6755



Phillip L. Wilson - - Plant Pest Administrator
Mailing Address: NCDA&CS Plant Protection Section
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