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2017 Natural Communities and Rare Plants of the Uwharrie National Forest, Montgomery County, NC

  • 04 Oct 2017
  • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Uwharrie National Forest (Montgomery County, NC)
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Registrants cancelling their registration two (2) weeks or more prior to the event will receive a refund of the registration fee, less a (3%) administrative fee. Registrants canceling between two (2) and one (1) week(s) prior to the event will receive a refund, less a (5%) administrative fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations less than seven (7) days prior to the event. Registrants may transfer their registration to another attendee with the same membership status.
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The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a one-day Rare Plant and Natural Community Identification workshop on 4 October 2017.  The field trip/workshop will be led by NC Natural Heritage Program staff and will highlight some of the rare plants and natural communities in the Uwharrie National Forest area of the NC Piedmont. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys.

This one-day trip will include visits to observe populations of Schweinitz’s Sunflower (Helianthus schweinitzii) populations in and around the Uwharrie National Forest in Montgomery County. We will focus on how to identify this federally endangered species and compare it to other plants with similar flowers that bloom at the same time.

We potentially will observe several state listed species including smooth sunflower (H. laevigatus), Georgia aster (Symphyotrichum georgianum), glade wild quinine (Parthenium auriculatum), bog spicebush (Lindera subcoriacea), and large witch-alder (Fothergilla major).   We will visit an array of rare natural communities associated with mafic rock other rare environments, potentially including Xeric Hardpan Forest, Upland Depression Swamp Forest, Hillside Seepage Bog, Upland Pool, Dry Piedmont Longleaf Pine Forest, and Piedmont Monadnock Forest. 

The natural community portion of 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  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 22 registrants and require a minimum of 10 participants.  If there are fewer than the minimum number of participants, the class may be canceled.  Registrants will receive additional transportation, location, and equipment information prior to the event.   


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Raleigh, NC 27619

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