North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
Raleigh, North Carolina
Rough-leaf loostrife and golden sedge
As the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program botanist, Misty Buchanan has expanded our knowledge of the 27 listed plant species in the State through surveys that documented the number of populations, as well as their distribution, status, and health. Applying that knowledge, she has worked closely with the Plant Conservation Program, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Resources Commission, and land trusts on recovery initiatives throughout North Carolina. In providing expertise to the Fish and Wildlife Service—especially to field offices in Asheville and Raleigh—Misty Buchanan has helped to prepare five-year reviews, served as a peer-reviewer for draft recovery plans, helped to propose critical habitat designations for species such as the golden sedge, and provided technical assistance in biological opinions for Section 7 consultations.