South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)

Isoetes louisianensis (Louisiana quillwort) 5-year review

The USFWS has begun its 5-year review of Isoetes louisianensis. It is seeking new information; the last review was completed in June 2012.

To ensure that the Service is able to consider any new information you might be aware of when completing this review, we request that you provide it by May 11, 2018. In particular we are looking for information on the following:
1. Species biology, including, but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics;
2. Habitat conditions, including, but not limited to, amount, distribution, and suitability;
3. Conservation measures that have been implemented to benefit the species, including measures taken for safeguarding or ex situ conservation;
4. Threat status and trends;
5. Other new information, data, or corrections, including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the list of Endangered and Threatened Plants, and improved analytical methods.
Please submit relevant information to M. Scott Wiggers by mail to the following address:

M. Scott Wiggers, Botanist
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Ecological Services
Coastal Resources Center
6005 Bayou Heron Rd
Moss Point, MS 39562
Office: (228) 475-0765 x104

This 5-year review also covers smooth coneflower, Cooley’s meadowrue, and the Carolina heelsplitter.

Helonias bullata count April 14

It’s about time for a plant count of the Helonias bullata (Swamp Pink) population in upper Greenville County.

Date: Saturday, April 14
Where: Meet at Caesar’s Head SP parking lot
Time: 9:30 am

There will NOT be an alternate rain date. My plan is for us to take no more than two vehicles (trucks) into the site. That should give us enough room for the needed volunteers.

The site(s) are wet. It is a bog plant, after all. So you will need rubber boots and some rain gear, just in case. Also, I suggest bringing snacks. We will provide bottled water. I fully expect for the count not to last all day.

***What I need from you beforehand is an confirmation email letting us know that you will be showing up. ***

In addition, a phone number will be good so that we can keep in contact.

If there are any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. This is my first time doing this, so any expertise you are willing to share is welcome.


Jim Fowler
Greenville, SC
864-630-3206 (cell)

Rattlesnake Master Borer Moth

The USFWS is considering listing Papaipema eryngii, the rattlesnake master borer moth. Anna Huckabee Smith and the SCDNR are trying to help the researcher, Jim Bess, locate host plants and larvae in SC this season. Anyone who encounters Eryngium sp. in the field should look for signs of larvae. Anna reports that the larvae are easy to raise on carrots and can be grown out for positive identification.

Early to mid-Summer is the best time (mid-June to early August). Prairies, open woodlands, and rights-of-way with 50+ rattlesnake master plants are suitable sites to survey. Sites that are burned annually are less likely to be occupied.

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