South Carolina Plant Conservation Alliance (SCPCA)

Category: Conservation


Schweinitz’s sunflower rescue

On May 24, Andy Cabe and a team of SCDOT workers went to work to save some  Schweinitz’s sunflowers (Helianthus schweinitzii) that were in danger of being destroyed by bridge construction. The SCDOT is in the process of replacing the…

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Musings on Plant Conservation

Check out this nice piece by RBG Kew horticulturist Carlos Magdalena, author of The Plant Messiah. The SCPCA is working on a propagation and restoration project with our local Schwalbea americana; it’s nice to know that the challenges related to…

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New Oxypolis canbyi population!

On April 12, Jason Ayers, Coastal Program biologist, was out in the field in northern Berkeley County with USFWS botanist April Punsalan, Partners Program biologist Bret Beasley, and FWS biologist Paula Sisson. April was searching for Schwalbea americana and the…

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At-Risk species on National Wildlife Refuges

Keith Bradley has prepared this report on At-Risk Plant Species Survey 2018 in national wildlife refuges in coastal South Carolina and Georgia.

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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…

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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….

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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…

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