Plant Industry - Plant Conservation Scientific Committee

As stated in the NC Plant Conservation Act, the PC Scientific Committee consists of the Directors of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium, the North Carolina State University Herbarium, the North Carolina Botanical Garden of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or their designees, a representative of the North Carolina Association of Nurserymen, Inc., appointed by the Commissioner, and a representative of a conservation organization, appointed by the Commissioner. Members shall serve for three year terms and may succeed themselves.

In summary, the powers and duties of the Scientific Commitee are:

(a) To gather and provide information and data and advise the Board with respect to all aspects of the biology and ecology of endangered and threatened plant species. 
(b) To develop and present to the Board management and conservation practices for preserving endangered or threatened plant species.  
(c) To recommend habitat areas for acquisition to the extent that funds are available or expected. 
(d) To investigate and make recommendations to the Board as to the status of endangered, threatened plant species, or species of special concern. 
(e) To make recommendations to the Board concerning regulation of the collection and shipment of endangered or threatened plant species within North Carolina. 
(f) To review and comment on environmental impact statements prepared by State agencies on projects that may affect protected plants; and 
(g) To advise the Board on matters submitted to the Scientific Committee by the Board or the Commissioner which involve technical questions and the development of pertinent rules and regulations, and make any recommendations as deemed by the Scientific Committee to be worthy of the Board's consideration.

Plant Conservation Scientific Committee Members

Dr. Alan S. Weakley (Chairperson) 
NC Botanical Gardens  
Campus Box 3280 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3280  
Phone: 919-962-0578 
UNC Herbarium 
Term: 2020-2023

Dr. Shannon Currey  
Currey Horticulture  
115 Forestwood Dr  
Durham, NC 27707  
Mobile: 919-452-3670  

N.C Nursery & Landscape Association  
Term: 2020-2023

Mr. Jerry Reynolds  
Head of Outreach  
N. C. State Museum of Natural Sciences 
11 W. Jones Street  
Raleigh, NC 27601-1029  
Phone : 919-707-9884 

N.C. State Museum of Natural Sciences 
Term: 2023-2026

Dr. Richard R. Braham 
Professor of Forestry  
Dept. of Forestry and Environmental Resources, Campus Box 8002 
North Carolina State University, 
Raleigh, NC 27695-8002 
Phone: 919-515-7568 

N.C. State University Herbarium  
Term: 2020-2023

Dr. Johnny Randall  
North Carolina Botanical Garden  
University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill 
CB # 3375, Totten Center 
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3375  
Phone: 919-962-2380 
Fax: 919-962-3531 
North Carolina Botanical Garden 
Term: 2020-2023
Mr. Hervey McIver 
Onslow Bight Project Director 
The Nature Conservancy 
334 Blackwell Street, Suite 300 
Durham, NC 27701-2394 
Phone: 919-794-4396 
Fax: 919-403-0379 
Conservation Organization  
Term: 2020-2023
Ms. Brenda Wichmann  
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program 
1601 Mail Service Center  
Raleigh, NC 27699-1601  
Phone: 919-707-8647 
Natural Heritage Program 
Term: 2022-2025