South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)

Botany Bill

On February 14, 2017, Representative Quigley (D-IL) introduced House Resolution 1054, with co-sponsor Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL). This legislation is intended to promote botanical research and botanical sciences capacity (including botanical education), generate demand for native plant materials, and authorize related federal activities. This bipartisan legislation allows federal agencies to act with the expertise required to preserve unique American landscapes and emphasizes the importance of protecting native plants and plant ecosystems.

Visit the site to learn how to support this bill!



Joan Walker with the U.S. Forest Service is looking for a field botanist to contract (mostly during July 2018) to help resample herbaceous vegetation in research plots located on Camp Lejeune, NC. This would be a summer appointment/contract supervised by Dr. Ben Knapp (Dept. of Forestry, University of Missouri).

There is also an opening for a botanical research assistant (~8 months appointment, or more if we secure additional funding, starting at the end of March) to help with several other projects, including sampling populations of “ramps” (Allium tricoccum) in the mountains this April and measuring native plants growing in an experimental garden in Columbia, SC. This position is a Clemson University appointment and the assistant would work out of Clemson but the position will involve travel to the Sandhills Research and Education Center and other locales.

For more information, contact Joan Walker or, for the second position, Saara Dewalt.



In an effort to continue to promote the scholarly pursuits and graduate level training within the global wildland fire community, in 2018 the International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) will again be awarding two graduate-level scholarships, each valued at $3,000USD to IAWF members who are Master of Science/Arts (MSc/MA) or Doctoral (PhD) students studying wildland fire or wildland fire related topics.

We encourage applications from students studying any aspect of wildland fire be it from the perspective of physical, ecological or social science to less traditional subject areas as well: we are looking through this scholarship to recognize and support any type of research relevant to the global wildland fire community.

The application period will be open between 12 February 2018 and 2 April 2018. Scholarship recipients will be announced by the end of May 2018.

Scholarships will be awarded to the top MSc and top PhD applicants based the student’s submitted essay. Please see the guidelines and application information for details.

5-year reviews

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is initiating 5-year status reviews for eight species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.  If you have new information since the last 5-year review for any of the species listed below, please share with the lead for each species.

Species that are relevant to our area include:

Smooth Coneflower (Echinacea laevigata); Species Lead-Dale Suiter
Cooley’s meadowrue (Thalictrum cooleyi) Species Lead-Dale Suiter
Louisiana quillwort (Isoetes louisianensis) Scott Wiggers

Also a bivalve mollusk:

Carolina heelsplitter (Lasmigona decorata) Species Lead-Morgan Wolf


Tom Goforth – Memorial March 6

I am very very sorry to report that Tom Goforth passed away on Monday, February 26. It was very sudden.

There will be a memorial for Tom on Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. at Table Rock Lodge. His sister Mary Lou Wright and son Reuben will be there earlier, so feel free to arrive whenever.

Tom was a great friend and a passionate naturalist. He loved ferns, and geology, and cakes, and trying to explain the nature of the universe and the mythology of all particles. I still can’t believe that I can’t shoot him an email with a picture of some fern and get immediate, elaborate feedback, along with comments like “But I always try to leave a space for unfettered supposition in the family wrecklessaceae without authoritative inflexion…..transparent tongue in cheek.” No one else ever says things like that.

Amy Hackney Blackwell



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

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.

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.

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

Carpooling will be available from our Greenville office.



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



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.