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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Blessing from the Earth: Native American Uses of Wild Plants with Lisa Gould

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Plant ecologist Lisa Lofland Gould will look at many wild plants used by the eastern tribes, and describe some of the challenges in using “wild” medicines.

Lisa Lofland Gould grew up in Winston-Salem, NC in a family of nature lovers, so it is not surprising that she majored in Biology at UNC-G and went on to earn an MS in Zoology (ecology and behavior of birds) at the University of Rhode Island. At URI she met her husband, Mark, who was also an ecologist. Lisa taught biology at URI for many years, was a research associate in the Department of Natural Resources Science, and was a co-founder and first executive director of the RI Natural History Survey, a clearinghouse for ecological data in the state. She also initiated the RI Invasive Species Council and was a co-founder of the RI Wild Plant Society. While in New England, Lisa especially enjoyed leading walks and teaching plant identification courses for state and regional environmental organizations. Among other publications, she is a co-author of Vascular Flora of Rhode Island and Coastal Plants from Cape Cod to Cape Canaveral (UNC Press).

Now that she is back in North Carolina, she enjoys participating in activities with the Audubon Society of Forsyth County, Audubon NC, the Piedmont Land Conservancy, the Carolina Butterfly Society, and the NC Native Plant Society. Most her travel these days involves visiting her daughters and their families in New York City and the Albuquerque, New Mexico area, where she hopes to pass along her passion for nature to her three fabulous granddaughters.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

4th Annual Holiday Potluck Dinner and Seed/Plant/Book Swap - postponed

(7-9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

Due to wintry conditions, the 2018 Holiday Party and Seed Swap for the Blue Ridge Chapter of the North Carolina Native Plant Society scheduled for Wed., Dec. 12, at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone, has been postponed to Jan. 9, 2019, same place and time.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Lookin’ for Lichen Hike

(1-3 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

This hike had been postponed to January 13, 2019, same place and time.

Join us on the Blue Ridge Parkway for a lichen hike! S. Coleman McCleneghan, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor Department of Biology, Appalachian State University, will lead a LICHEN HIKE on December 9 at 1pm on the Flatrock Trail! The trailhead is located at milepost 308. The best conditions for lichen are 50–60 degrees and wet.

Meet at 1pm at the trailhead: milepost 308, Blue Ridge Parkway OR meet at 12pm at the Holiday Inn Express in Boone to carpool to the trailhead.
Access from 221 to the parkway is at milepost 305.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Our Native Plants: The Impact of Invasive Insects and Diseases and SEED SHARE

(2:00 PM)
Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Swamp Oak trees at the 9/11 Memorial NYC.

If you are wondering what’s eating our native trees and plants, please join us at our January 13, 2019 presentation with Dr. Don Booth, Entomologist, formerly of Bartlett Tree Research Laboratory, Charlotte NC. Here in the Southeast, we enjoy a high species richness which includes a diverse tree canopy covering the forest floor of native plant communities. Don will discuss the risks and impact of invasive diseases and insects that are affecting current environmental stability, and the changes we may anticipate. And provide an update on hotspots of the Southern Pine Beetle (SPB), Hemlock Wooley Adelgid and Emerald Ash Borer.

Treaty Oak tree, Austin TX Our speaker Dr. Don Booth, works include managing the reforestation of the 9/11 Memorial urban trees at ground zero and saving the Treaty Oak Tree in Austin Tx., which is now producing acorns. Don authors scientific journals, books and speaks at national conferences. With author/wife Maggie Barker Booth, Don assisted with the book Treasure in the City all about the National Registry Trees in Charlotte.

Don is an active outdoorsman enjoying fishing (catch and release only), monitoring forest lands and wildlife, and providing expert advice on Charlotte’s urban trees.

Stay for the SEED SHARE!
We exchange native plant seeds, (moved from the stormed-out Dec meeting) and ALL are invited to partake-whether you bring or not, everyone adds to their native communities at the SEED SHARE.
Please Join Us. Open to the public. Free.

Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte NC 28215

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