South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)


Here are some recently advertised plant jobs.

Horticulture Director, Lockerly Arboretum, Milledgeville, GA. Contact

Database Manager, Mississippi Dept of Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks/Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. The person will manage the Mississippi Natural Heritage Program database. Contact



Venus Flytraps – Endangered?

The Venus flytrap, one of the most distinctive plants on the planet and a South Carolina native, isn’t yet listed as an endangered species but it is certainly at risk. Venus flytraps grow in the coastal plain and sandhills, in the longleaf pine habitat that is home to so many threatened plant species. They live in nutrient-poor soil and acquire necessary nutrients by trapping and dissolving insects. (They are not in fact carnivorous, or even insectivorous, because plants don’t eat. They make their own sugars by performing photosynthesis; the insects are more like fertilizer.) Venus flytraps are increasingly rare. Aside from habitat loss, they are threatened by collectors, who long to add carnivorous plants to their menageries.  Botanists have petitioned the US Fish and Wildlife Service to add them to the Endangered Species List. You can sign this petition in support of this project.

NWRA releases at-risk species assessment for southern areas

The National Wildlife Refuge Association has just released its nwra-at-risk-report-2017 on Southern national forests, refuges, and other protected areas. This report attempts to quantify the role that protected areas play in supporting at-risk species, finding knowledge gaps, and encouraging cooperation among public organizations, NGOs, and private landowners.

Oct. 22-28 is NC Native Plants Week

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has declared October 22-28, 2017, Native Plants Week in North Carolina, and has commended its observance to all citizens.

Volunteer Opportunity: Crosby Oxypolis Heritage Preserve

SCPCA members:

Please come enjoy a day (Friday, December 1, 2017) helping to remove woody plants to promote Canby’s Dropwort (Oxypolis canbyi), with us! We will use hand shears and loppers to cut down species such as regenerating pine, sweetgum, maple, and other misc. hardwoods. We will start the day around 10 a.m. and conclude around 2 p.m. (or adjust time as needed). Bring snacks and waters, field clothes, yard tools (pruners and loppers). Look forward to seeing and meeting some of you!

Location: Crosby Oxypolis Heritage Preserve (Latitude: 32.887 Longitude:-80.807) near Walterboro, SC
To reach the preserve from Walterboro, travel west on SC Highway 63 for about 9 miles until the junction with County Road 191. The preserve is located in the southeast corner formed by these two roads.
See Map below.
Please RSVP so I can have a head count
Time: 10am-2pm tentatively

James “Trapper” Fowler
Region IV Heritage Trust Coordinator
420 Dirleton Rd.
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 546-8119 (office)

Planting forests, land management could cut carbon significantly

Looking for a reason to keep trying? So-called natural climate solutions could mitigate a substantial part of the damage done by carbon emissions, according to a report published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Planting forests, land management, and restoration of peatlands could help suck up enough carbon dioxide to achieve one-third of the climate mitigation needed to hold global warming to 2 °C by 2030.

SCPCA Meeting January 23

The SCPCA will hold a meeting of members on January 23 from 10:00 to 3:00 at Riverbanks Botanical Garden. We will discuss the SCPCA policy statement, the status of current safeguarding and reintroduction projects, potential partners, and identify other priority species and communities for conservation.

Botanic gardens and plant conservation

The BBC reports that the world’s botanical gardens currently are helping to protect 40% of the world’s plant diversity. This report comes from research published in the journal Nature Plants, alas hidden behind a paywall but you can at least see the abstract.

This highlights the importance of the work being done by the botanical garden members of the SCPCA in safeguarding species such as Schwalbea americana and Oxypolis canbyii.