2015 NATURAL COMMUNITY IDENTIFICATION WORKSHOP
October 2, 2015
Durham County, NC
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a one-day Natural Community Identification workshop. Identical sessions will be held October 1 and 2, 2015. The field trip/workshop will be led by Michael Schafale, and will highlight natural communities of the Piedmont of North Carolina. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys.
October 2, 2015 Field Trip: Rare Species and Natural Communities
This one-day trip will focus on the typical natural communities of the Piedmont Region. We will visit several areas in Eno River State Park and possibly other sites near Durham. We will talk about identification and characteristics of the upland and wetland communities most frequently encountered in central North Carolina, from Dry Oak—Hickory Forest to Piedmont Alluvial Forest and Low Elevation Seep. While these communities are not often home to rare plants, we will discuss what rare plants occur in them, and may have a chance to see a few.
The workshop will be based on the Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Fourth Approximation (2012). This document in electronic form is available as a free download at the NHP website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/nhp/searchable-publications. You may also download a copy of Classification of the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Third Approximation (1990) by Schafale and Weakley, which has more descriptive text than the current Fourth Approximation.
Registration: In order to make the most of this learning experience and for the safety of all participants and the habitats we visit, we must limit the number of participants to 20 registrants each day and require a minimum of 10 participants. If there is fewer than the minimum number of participants on either day, that day’s class may be canceled up to 2 weeks prior to the field trip. Registrants will receive a registration confirmation and additional trip details by email.
Transportation: The workshop fee includes transportation by van from the local meeting location to the site, for interested parties. If less than 10 people sign up to ride in a van, we may cancel the van registration and request that participants carpool. Due to limited parking at some of the stops, carpooling with other workshop participants or riding in a van is encouraged. Details about departure times and meeting locations will be emailed to participants prior to the workshop. We will make break stops as feasible along the way.
Meeting Location: Meeting sites in Raleigh and in Durham will be announced closer to the time of the workshop.
Equipment: Please bring a lunch, as we will eat lunch while in the field. Please wear appropriate field clothes and shoes and bring water, insect repellent, and sunscreen as needed. Bring a camera if you are interested in photographing the plants in flower. Participants will not be allowed to collect specimens. The field trips are planned rain or shine, so please plan and prepare accordingly. In the rare event of emergency cancellation or last minute updates, registrants will be contacted via email. Coolers will be provided for drinks. Afternoon snacks will also be provided.