South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)

Tennessee Natural Areas Job

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Environmental Manager 3 (Natural Areas Program Administrator)
Division of Natural Areas

Annual Salary Range: $56,832 – $90,912

The position opens on April 11, 2018 and closes on April 24, 2018. During this period,
candidates must complete an online state application for the TDEC Environmental Manager 3 position via the Tennessee Department of Human Resources website.

Prior to the above-listed application window, interested candidates should send a resume
and writing example to roger.mccoy@tn.gov.

Reintroductions in FMNF

On February 8, Jeff Glitzenstein and others replanted several Schwalbea americana in the Francis Marion National Forest. These seedlings were grown from seed that Danny Carlson collected in 1987, back before the species was federally listed as endangered. The seeds sat at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden for 30 years before returning to SC, where Jeff propagated them at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. Check out this news story!

Bog Learning Network Meeting March 13-14

The Bog Learning Network is having its annual meeting in Asheville on March 13 and 14. They would love to have some South Carolina folks attend! Contact Mincy Moffett for more information.

Invasive Removal Mountain Bridge Wilderness February 10

Volunteering opportunity – We want you!

Saturday, February 10 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Mountain Bridge Wilderness area
Near Wildcat Wayside State Park
5334-5434 SC-11 Geer Highway
Cleveland, SC 29635

Upstate Forever is hosting a field work day to remove invasive exotic plants from a protected piece of property owned by The Naturaland Trust and placed under easement with Upstate Forever. We will be removing Japanese honeysuckle and Chinese privet, and will also do some light trash pick up. We would love for you to join us and aid in the clean up while enjoying this pristine and beautiful area, replete with waterfalls.

Materials
Comfortable shoes, gloves, sunscreen, and water always encouraged. If you have a shovel or other tools, please bring them with you. We will have some tools on hand as well. Light refreshments will be available.

RSVP
Please RSVP by February 5 by e-mailing Ginger Goldsmith at ggoldsmith@upstateforever.org or call 864.250.0500 ext 20.

Carpooling will be available from our Greenville office.

 

MISSION

Upstate Forever is a conservation organization that protects critical lands,
waters, and the unique character of the Upstate of South Carolina.

 

VISION STATEMENT

To conserve our land and water resources, resulting in an
environmentally healthy and economically prosperous region,
with a high quality of life now and for future generations.

 

NatureServe Southeast Biodiversity Forum

The 2018 NatureServe Southeast Biodiversity Conservation Forum will be held in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, March 6-8. It will be at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.

The meeting will bring together key experts on biodiversity from all over the Southeast to develop strategies to better understand the imperiled species and ecosystems of this region and their status so we can ultimately do a better job of protecting their populations against these threats.

Plant Conservation Course – Online and Free!

The Center for Plant Conservation and San Diego Zoo have posted a free online Plant Conservation course.

The course is intended to be a beginner’s course, so please share with new plant conservation hires or interns, students or anyone who wants to learn the basics of why we should care about plants and the steps we take to save them. It requires approximately 2 hours, but you can stop and return to the point where you ended, so it’s not necessary to stay put for a 2 hour stretch.

SCPCA Meeting January 23 10:00-3:00 Riverbanks Botanical Garden

The SCPCA will have a membership meeting January 23, 10:00-3:00 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden.

 

Many thanks to Andy Cabe and Riverbanks for hosting this meeting!

Here’s a link to a doodle poll to RSVP for the Membership Meeting. It would help to have an idea of how many people are coming.

https://doodle.com/poll/7ir6dzzf86a95eha

If you know people who are interested in participating, please invite them!

Lunch: Bring your own. We hope this will facilitate productive (and fun!) discussions during the lunch hour.
Snacks: Coffee will be provided. Contributions to a snack table are welcome!

 

Proposed meeting agenda – subject to change as we see who is coming

10:00 Introduction to SCPCA – Amy
formed to provide boots on the ground to help prevent plant extinctions, website – please contribute!, what other state PCAs are doing: Amy

10:15 – 12:00 Species reports
American chaffseed 5-year review – April
Smooth coneflower: David White
May-white azalea: Charlie Horn
etc….
(These should be short, about 10 minutes each, depending on how many species leads can talk – regardless, we should end for lunch promptly at noon)
Possibly we can conclude with a short discussion of future 2018 projects and needs.

12:00-1:00 Lunch
Brown-bag lunch at facility or on patio (if it’s not freezing, and who knows what the weather will be!)

1:00 Group Discussion: Species leads: what should they do?
Plus: what other projects might we want to take on, monitoring/surveying/safeguarding needs, plus FUNDING!!!

2:00-3:00 Education on Plant Conservation
For example:
2:00 T&E Rare Species Propagation and Enhancement Best Practices – Patrick
2:20 Population Monitoring Projects and Protocols – Robin
2:40 Sharing and Maintenance of Conservation Data – Biotics (Status) – Kathy and Herrick
NB: or something like this; speakers and topics subject to change.

3:00 Meeting adjourns