Plant Industry - 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

Dr. Charles Bruce Williams 
PO Box 384
Castle Hayne, NC 28429 
Phone: 910-264-1286 

Represents: Public at Large 
Effective: 1/5/2018 
Term Expires: 9/30/2025 
Appointment: NCDA&CS Commissioner

Mr. James Slye 
NCDA & CS - Forest Service 
Goldsboro Forestry Center
762 Claridge Nursery Road
Goldsboro, NC 27530 
Phone: 919-731-7988
Fax: 919-857-4805

Represents: N. C. Forest Service 
Effective: 10/1/2019 
Term Expires: 9/30/2027 
Appointment: Governor


Ms. Julie H Moore - Chairperson 
Longleaf Alliance 
822 Woodburn Road 
Raleigh, NC 27605 
Phone: 919-307-3987 

Represents: Citizens Conservation 
Effective: 2/8/2018 
Term Expires: 9/30/2025 
Appointment: Governor

Mr. Michael Kunz 
Ecologist, NC Botanical Garden 
UNC Chapel Hill CB #3375
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375 
Phone: 919-962-2378

Represents: NC Botanical Gardens 
Effective: 10/1/2021 
Term Expires: 9/30/2025 
Appointment: Governor

Dr. Matt C Estep
Associate Professor 
Appalachian State University 
572 Rivers Street
Boone NC 28608
Phone: 828-262-8058

Represents: Botanical Scientific Community
Effective: 10/1/2023 
Term Expires: 9/30/2027 
Appointment: Governor


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

Represents: Commecial Plant Production Industry 
Effective: 10/1/2013 
Re-appointed--Term Expires: 9/30/2024 
Appointment: NCDA&CS Commissioner

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

Represents: NCDA&CS
Effective: 10/1/2015 
Re-appointed--Term Expires: 9/30/2027
Appointment: NCDA&CS Commissioner



Plant Conservation Program Support Staff  
Program Manager: Julian Wilson - Email:  
Plant Ecologist: Geoffrey Austin - Email:  
Research Specialist: Katherine Culatta - Email:  
Administrative Assistant: Anabela G. Ramalho - Email:   
Plant Industry Division Director: Dr. Bill Foote - Email:  
Plant Pest Administrator: Joy Goforth - Email:  
North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Property & Construction Division Director: Andy Meier - Email:  
Mailing Address: 1001 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-1001  
Phone: 919-807-4366 Fax: 919-807-4364  
North Carolina Department of Justice  
Assistant Attorney General: Christopher McClennan - Email:  
Mailing Address: PO Box 629, Raleigh, NC 27602-0629  
Phone: 919-716-6507 Fax: 919-716-6755