Piedmont Rare Species and Mafic Rock Communities Workshop and Fieldtrip to Durham and Granville Counties, NC
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NHP) and the North Carolina Association of Environmental Professionals (NCAEP) will hold a Rare Plant and Natural Community Identification workshop May 29, 2014. The field trip/workshop will be led by Michael Schafale, Laura Robinson, and Suzanne Mason, and will highlight some of the rare plants and natural communities associated with mafic rock substrate in Durham and Granville Counties. This field trip is designed for environmental professionals, botanists, and students who are responsible for conducting environmental surveys. The registration fee is $85.
May 29, 2014 Field Trip:
This one-day trip includes visits to various sites. Depending on site conditions, stops will include some combination of Butner-Falls on Neuse Game Land, Eno River Diabase Sill Plant Conservation Preserve, South Butner Diabase Glade, and/or Picture Creek Diabase Barrens. These stops are designed to see federally and state endangered plant species Smooth Coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), plus various state listed species in their natural habitats. Natural Communities will include Diabase Glade, Upland Depression Swamp Forest, Basic Mesic Forest, Xeric Hardpan Forest, and possibly Basic Oak-Hickory Forest. Additional rare plant species will include Baptisia australis var. aberrans (NC-E), Marshallia legrandii (SR), Liatris squarrulosa (SR), Lithospermum canescens (SR), Parthenium auriculatum (SR), Silphium terebinthinaceum (SR), and possibly others.
The Guide to the Natural Communities of North Carolina, Fourth Approximation (2012) 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. Bound copies of the Third Approximation can be purchased from the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program for $15 at 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 insect repellent, sunscreen, hat, and plenty of water. The field trip sites are known to harbor ticks, chiggers, and snakes. Bring a camera if you are interested in photographing plant species and natural communities. Participants will not be allowed to collect plant or animal 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.
Travel: The workshop fee includes transportation by van. Workshop participants have the option of riding in the van or carpooling with other registrants. We will meet at a location in west Raleigh prior to leaving for the sites. We will make stops at service stations along the way for periodic breaks.