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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Carolina Beach State Park walk

(9 - 11 a.m.)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Carla Edwards, Park Ranger at CBSP, and Dr. AJ Bullard, expert on native woody vines, shrubs and trees, will lead the walk.  We will visit some newly burned areas where Longleaf habitat restoration is taking place and will end with the Flytrap Trail.

Several coastal ecosystems are present in the park. Forests dominated by longleaf pine, turkey oak and live oak occupy the dry, coarse soil of a series of relict sand dunes. Between the dunes are dense shrub swamps, called pocosins, populated by pond pines, loblolly and sweet bay, yaupon and evergreen shrubs. Brackish marshes consisting primarily of cordgrasses and sedges can be found beyond the relict dunes adjacent to the river.  This is a special place, with 382 species of vascular plants within its boundary.

We will meet at the Visitors Center at 9 A.M. Please be on time.  The entrance for the park is on Dow Rd.  The park gates open at 8 am.  Follow the park entrance road until you see the Visitors Center on your right.

For directions to the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/directions.php

For a map of the park, see http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/cabe/pics/parkmap.pdf

Directions from 421 S:

From 421 S, stay straight to cross the bridge into Carolina Beach.  Take a right on Dow Rd.  Continue about .3 miles.  The park entrance is on your right.

Bring sunscreen and insect repellant.  Dress for the heat (hat, cool clothes, hiking shoes) and bring water and snacks.  There are rest rooms at the Visitors Center.

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Buck Creek Serpentine Hike, near Franklin, Nc

Event Sponsor: Asheville Chapter

20 September - (with optional 19th as overnight) with Western Carolina Botany Club and Southern Appalachian Plant Society.
We will hike Buck Creek Serpentine with Gary Kaufman, near Franklin NC. 

Let us know if you are overnighting at the Franklin Microtel ($54.), to be included in dinner reservation. ssflower2 At   gmail.com

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Big East Fork Trail Hike - June 28

Event Sponsor: Asheville Chapter

Big East Fork Trail, off 276, west of Blue Ridge Parkway, near Cruso (is the substitute for the previously scheduled Big Butt Trailhead in the area being repaired and forecast to open “late spring.”)
In Big East Fork, the sweet azaleas will be blooming in June, says Randy Burroughs, our guide.

RSVP to Susan, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)) as there’s a legal limit of 10 per group on this trail, now would be good!
Instructions/reminder will be sent the week before

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Friday, October 03, 2014

2014 Fall Trip & General Meeting

(2:00 P.M. Friday, October 3 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, October 5)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

2014 Fall Trip: October 3–5, 2014, Pilot Mountain & Hanging Rock state parks and vicinity, Stokes & Surry counties, NC

Our 2014 Fall Trip, October 3–5, will take us to two of the Piedmont’s most distinctive sites, Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park, as well as to some protected areas in their vicinity.

The optional Friday afternoon walk will be at Pilot Mountain, and Friday evening we will enjoy some social time and a talk on the natural history of the area, by Dr. Ken Bridle (Stewardship Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and a former NCNPS president), who knows this area very well indeed.
Saturday Dr. Bridle will take us to some Piedmont Land Conservancy properties in the vicinity. Following a catered dinner Saturday night, NCNPS artist Betty Lou Chaika will share with us some of the drawings she’s made on NCNPS trips, and talk about plant communities we’ve visited.
Sunday morning will feature walks at Hanging Rock State Park.
Stay tuned for more details.

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