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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Reid Wild Flower Garden Workday

(9:30 AM - Noon)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Join us for garden stewardship - weeding, pick-up-sticks, and general sprucing up. Come enjoy the late spring flowers while helping to maintain their habitat.

The Reid Garden is a woodland wildflower garden surrounding a private residence at 1439 Dixie Trail - the corner of Lewis Farm Road and Dixie Trail.  The garden is protected by a conservation easement held by Triangle Land Conservancy, and stewarded by NCNPS-Reid Chapter and other friends of the garden.

For more information contact Amy Mackintosh: mackintosh.amy at
Park on Lewis Farm Road.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

Explore the NC Sandhills Gamelands

(Meet at 9:00 AM Plan for 3-4 hour hike and walk)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Explore the rare and unusual botanical world of one of the best long-leaf pine habitats in the US with Larry Mellichamp and Will Stuart.

Sarracenia purpurea

Sunday, May 8
Meet at BP Gas Station 9:00 AM (approximately 2 hour drive from Charlotte)
BP Gas Station
2161 Caddell Rd, Hoffman, NC 28347

Higher profile cars (SUV type) are recommended. We can consolidate cars at the BP parking lot.
Bring snacks or lunch, insect repellent, camera, hat, sturdy water resistant shoes, plenty of water.
Reservations required to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by May 1.
NCNPS Members only. Include cell phone contact information in registration.

The Sandhills Gamelands is a large nature reserve located in the northeastern sector of Richmond County. Its 60,000-acre preserve is known as one of the best examples of the long-leaf pine habitat in the United States. The area is markedly different from the Piedmont or Coastal regions of North Carolina, with its gentle rolling hills and sandy soil composition. It’s an ideal habitat for pines.  The Sandhills game land has been described as one of the best remaining examples of a long-leaf pine habitat, now down to just three percent of its historic range in the United States and may be one of the most overlooked conservation areas of North Carolina. The rare Michaux Sumac and Sandhills Lily grow exclusively in this ecosystem. The long-leaf pine forest found in the tracts of the Sandhills game land is on average over 100 years old.

If you would like to learn more about this area, A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia
By Bruce A. Sorrie

Saturday, September 03, 2016

Flat Laurel Creek Trail

(9:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

According to Hike WNC, “this loop takes you around the headwaters basin of Flat Laurel Creek, which starts in a unique, high-elevation valley surrounded by sharp peaks, grassy balds, and cool, dark, spruce-fir forests. Its elevation is over 5300 ft. at the bottom, and it lies below Sam Knob and Black Balsam Knob which top out at over 6200 ft. Includes optional side-hikes to the summit of Sam Knob and a waterfall on Flat Laurel Creek.” The trail head is off of the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Graveyard Fields area. The hike is rated moderately difficult. We will meet in Brevard at 9:00 at the BI-LO Grocery store (near Wall-Mart). We will park near the HWY 276 side and car pool from there. Bring plenty of water and snacks.

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, August 06, 2016

Crabtree Falls Hike

(10:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at the Crabtree Falls campground parking area, along the Blue Ridge Parkway, at MP 339.5. I will be driving a brown Subaru Outback. We will hike along the campground trail and hike the waterfall loop. Crabtree Falls Loop Trail is a 2.5-mile, strenuous hike to the 70-foot-tall falls. We will finish at the meadow and explore the meadow flowers and pollinators. Please wear appropriate footwear. The trail is rocky and wet in areas. Also bring plenty of water and snacks for the hike.

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Big Ivy Hike

(9:00 AM - 3:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Hiking the Big Ivy (Coleman Boundary) Area – Buncombe County
We will meet at 9:00 at the Ingles Grocery store (140 Weaver Blvd, Weaverville, NC 28787) off of I-26 exit 19B. We will meet and park in the corner closest to Weaver Blvd and I-26. I will be in a brown Subaru Outback. From the grocery store we will carpool to the hiking area. Cars will travel along forest service road 74 to the Douglas Falls parking area. The eight mile drive on the forest service road is scenic with many small roadside cascades and pull-over areas we can explore. The walk to the falls is an easy to moderate 1 mile round-trip hike. Wear appropriate footwear, the trail can be wet and muddy. Also bring plenty of water and some snacks.

Contact Info: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Roan Mountain Hike

(10:00AM - 4:00PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

We will meet at 10:00 at Carver’s Gap. We will walk along the Appalachian Trail across Round Bald, Jane Bald, and Grassy Ridge Bald. Hopefully we will see many flowering plants including rhododendron, flame azaleas, and the rare Gray’s Lily. Total round-trip mileage for the hike is 5.1 miles, with a total elevation gain of 1150 feet. This is a moderate to strenuous hike with lots of up and down. Wear sturdy shoes and bring lots of water and snacks for the hike. Afterwards you have the option of visiting the Rhododendron Gardens (note you have to pay to enter the Gardens).

Contact Information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Hickory Branch Waterfall Trail Hike

(9:00 AM to 1:PM)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

I will lead a wildflower hike on the Hickory Branch Waterfall Trail. This trail is located in the Curtis Creek area of McDowell County. The trail is moderate in difficulty with several short steep areas. You also have to cross the creek several times. The distance is approximately 2 miles round trip. We will meet at 9:00 at the Stuckey’s off of I-40, exit 75— between Old Fort and Marion — about 24 miles east of Asheville. Bring water and snacks. We can also walk part of the road and look at flowers along the roadside.

Contact information: Tracie Jeffries, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Field trip with Dr. John Taggart to Carolina Beach State Park

(10 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

NOTE DATE CHANGE! Dr Taggart, UNCW Associate Professor Emeritus in Environmental Studies, will lead a walk in Carolina Beach State Park.  The 761-acre park is home to 382 species of vascular plants and a great diversity of habitats from the brackish marshes along the river to Sandhills habitat with its patches of bare sugar sand. 

Dr Taggart will focus on the park’s three limesink ponds, each with its own plant assemblage. Cypress Pond, the most unusual, is dominated by a dwarf cypress swamp forest. Lily Pond is covered with American Water-lilies (Nymphaea odorata) and Grass Pond has a great variety of sedges. Carnivorous plants thrive in the boggy soil around its edge.

Meet at 9:50 a.m. in the Visitors Center parking lot at Carolina Beach State Park.  Please be on time! We will begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Please dress appropriately for the weather.  Bring water, snacks if needed, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat.  There are restrooms in the Visitors Center.

Directions from Wilmington:

Take NC-132 S/S College Rd and US-421 S to Dow Rd N in Carolina Beach.  You will see it shortly after you cross the Snow’s Cut bridge. 
Go right on Dow Rd.  The park is just over 1/2 mile on the right.  You will see signs to mark the entrance. 
Stay straight on the entrance road and you will see parking and the Visitors Center on your right.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Our Local Insects, an exploratory field trip at EvHenwood with Sam Marshall

(10 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

imageCome see UNCW’s EvHenwood Preserve from a different perspective!  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Extension Agent for Brunswick Co, has an MS in Entomology from NCSU.  He’ll be introducing us to our local insects.  We’ll explore and sample different habitats for entomological treasures.  If you don’t normally go looking for insects when you are botanizing, then you’re missing a treat.  Our warm, humid climate supports some perfectly beautiful “bugs”!

Free and open to the public.  No registration needed.

We will meet in the parking lot of EvHenwood Preserve, 6132 Rock Creek Rd, Leland.  Please come a little early.  We’ll begin promptly at 10 am.

Directions from Wilmington:

Take US-76 W from Wilmington for 3 miles.
Merge onto US-17 S.  Continue for 6.4 miles.
Take right on Zion Church Rd NE.  Continue .6 miles.
Take first right on Town Creek Rd NE. Continue for 1.1 miles.
Turn left onto Rock Creek Rd.  Continue .7 miles.  The preserve is on the left and is marked.

Please dress appropriately (boots or closed-toe shoes, long pants, hat etc.), and bring water, snacks, insect repellent (ironic!) and sunscreen.  Be prepared for ticks and mosquitoes.  There is a Port-o-let on the site, but no running water or other facilities.

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Triad Chapter & Friends Plant Sharing

(7 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Stoke’s aster, Stokesia laevis, by Judith West

The May meeting of the Triad Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society will be sharing of native plants and information about those plants. It is not necessary to bring a plant to swap as there are generally more than enough for all who want to take something home to grow. Attendees will also have questions they have about different native species answered by fellow attendees.

Join us Wednesday, May 4, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. at the Katherine Clay Edwards Family Branch Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410.

Members sometimes bring native plants or other gifts to share as door prizes. 

Thinking ahead to June

In June, at the plant society’s annual picnic, there is a plant auction, so anything left from the May meeting can be taken to the auction.  Funds from the auction support society educational work, student research or attendance at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July. Bringing plants to share, buying plants at the picnic, and bringing friends to the picnic are all great ways to support the wonderful work of the society.

Friday, May 20, 2016

2016 Spring Trip!

(May 20-22 Shaken Creek & McLean Savanna, Pender County )
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Spring Outing is to Shaken Creek & MacLean Savanna, Pender Co., May 20 to 22.

Our Spring Outing this year will be headquartered on the coast at the Econo Lodge in Jacksonville, NC during the weekend of May 20, 21, and 22. The Lodge is giving us a great rate of $50 plus tax for rooms with either two double beds or a king sized bed. Motel contact information is toward the bottom of the Registration Form dowload here. Alternate rooms are available nearby with the Comfort Suites at 130 Workshop Lane for $70 plus tax. Their direct phone number is (910) 346-8900. A Jacksonville map of the motels is located here.

Our weekend will start with registration and a social on Friday night at 6:30 in the meeting room of the Econo Lodge. We will follow that with a 7:30 presentation from Jim Fowler who recently released a wonderful book on the flora of the Green Swamp. He will bring copies of the book and autograph them after the talk. The Saturday evening meeting will be our traditional plant auction and because of facilities conflicts will be held in the Comfort Suites, which is about 1 mile north off US 17 from the Econo Lodge. 

This year we have permission to visit Shaken Creek Savanna Nature Preserve located in Pender County southwest of Jacksonville for our Saturday field trip. To quote from Robert Thornhill’s paper on the flora of the preserve (which the NCNPS supported with a Shinn Grant) “the site contains seven savanna or savanna-like plant community types, three of which are globally critically imperiled (G1).” It is habitat for four federally endangered species (Red-cockaded Woodpecker, Cooley’s Meadowrue, Golden Sedge, and Roughleaf Loosestrife) along with several native orchid species which could be blooming during our field trip (three grass-pinks, Spreading Pogonia, and ladies’-tresses). An information paper that includes a list of some of the special plants and animals found in the preserve can be downloaded here.

On Sunday morning there will be a final, half-day field trip to a newly defined Nature Conservancy Preserve called the McLean Savannah. This property is so new that TNC has not yet listed it on their website. To copy a write-up from Lara Berkley of our Southeast Coast Chapter, the area “is being restored by TNC using controlled burns. The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program considers McLean Savanna to be ‘one of the best examples of very rare Pine Savanna variant, which is known from only a few locations in the world’. The savanna is home to such rare plants as Carex lutea (Golden Sedge), Solidago gracillima (Southern Bog Goldenrod) and Parnassia carolinianana (Carolina Grass-of-Parnassus). In all, there are 14 globally rare plant species, 2 of which are federally endangered. We should also see large numbers of pitcherplants, including Sarracenia flava varieties ornata, maxima and cuprea.”

Please make sure that you carry plenty of water, lots of bug spray, your own snacks, and some sturdy hiking shoes for the outings.

We hope that you can join us for the weekend.

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