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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Blue Ridge Chapter April Meeting

(7 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to our monthly meeting on April 11 in Boone. Brandy Belville from Elk Knob State Park will be speaking about Elk Knob and her favorite native plants on the mountain.

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express on Blowing Rock Road in Boone and starts at 7 PM, but the room will be open around 6:30 if you would like to come early and chat with other native plant enthusiasts.

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Shawn Gagne, 41, Environmental Entrepreneur

(7:00 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Shawn Gagne helped plant more than 11,000 trees across 12 communities and 5 states in 2017.

Earning a Master’s degree in environmental science, with a focus on climate science, Shawn is in tune with today’s climate issues. As a scientist and an entrepreneur, Shawn believes that we can improve the environment by creating a market that reduces greenhouse gases by investing in trees in neighborhoods of US cities. “I immigrated to Greensboro in 2010 and went through a series of regional accelerator programs including Durham’s Groundwork Labs and Greensboro’s Launch program at the Collab. I am secure in the fact that Urban Offsets can stay in the Triad while we continue to expand nationally and internationally.”

Urban Offsets invented a process that essentially transforms the carbon market into a financial one. This includes understanding and grading the risk inherent in every offset, bundling different climate products together into so-called Sustainability Portfolios, and of course, funding neighborhood climate resiliency programs with every sale. One of the big advantages, Shawn says, with this new program is that it allows Urban Offsets to also track how much carbon dioxide (CO2) these new city trees remove from the air as they grow.  Urban Offsets manages the carbon credits created by those trees every year and plans to provide them to colleges and universities that are looking to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in the future.“The challenge for us has been turning trees into assets for cities. By doing what we do best, we’re meeting the needs of three different groups all seeking sustainability strategies that support their unique missions: corporations, municipalities, and higher ed.”

Join us Wednesday, April 4th at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Wednesday Wildflower Walks with Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould

(9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. (see below for details))
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

(Bloodroot by Ann Walter-Fromson)

Join Ann Walter-Fromson and Lisa Lofland Gould for Wednesday morning wildflower walks in March and April co-sponsored by the Triad Chapter of NCNPS, T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society, and Forsyth Audubon. We will visit watershed trails and area preserves along with three new locations in Forsyth County to observe nature’s beautiful show of ephemeral spring wildflowers. Ann will lead the four walks in Guilford and Rockingham Counties and Lisa will lead the three walks in Forsyth County.

You’re welcome to join in for any or all of these walks. Wear sturdy walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places. You may want to bring binoculars (close-focus binoculars are particularly good for viewing small flowers), a walking stick, insect repellant, a wildflower field guide, a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

The dates and locations for these wildflower walks are (click “Read More” for detailed descriptions):
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 14 -  Laurel Bluff Trail, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 21 -  Salem Lake, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 28 - Cascades Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 4 -  Emily Allen Preserve, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 11 - Knight Brown Preserve, Rockingham County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
9:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 18 -  Richardson-Taylor Preserve, Guilford County. Leader: Ann Walter-Fromson.
10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 25 - Black Walnut Bottoms, Bethania, Forsyth County. Leader: Lisa Gould.

Please “Read More” for meeting locations and other details. Also find details in the March Nature Notes on the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society website.

Ann Walter-Fromson by Paul Fromson

Lisa Lofland Gould (courtesy of NH Natural History Survey when she was honored as Distinguished Naturalist in 2009)

For walks led by Ann Walter-Fromson, we will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Whole Foods parking lot at Friendly Shopping Center (between Chick-Fil-A and BBT Bank) to carpool to the trail site. For walks led by Lisa Lofland Gould, plan to meet at 10:00 a.m. at each location and see additional information for each walk below. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact Ann Walter-Fromson at if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center. Please contact Lisa Lofland Gould if you have questions about the Forsyth County trips.

The dates and descriptions for these wildflower walks are:

1. 9:30 a.m., March 14 – Laurel Bluff Trail: We start at the N. Church Street trail head and walk west through woodlands overlooking Lake Townsend. About 3 miles of walking; this section of the trail is quite hilly. Parking for trail access is a small gravel lot on the other (east) side of Church Street, south of the safety crossing.

2. 10:00 a.m., March 21 – Salem Lake in Forsyth County: We will meet at the south entrance to Salem Lake (the Point Parking lot, 1001 Salem Lake Road, Winston-Salem NC 27107), in the parking lot to the right of the entrance road, just before the stop sign and the parking area for the Marina (you will see a jungle gym/playground and a building with restrooms adjoining that lot). We will gather on the lake side of the restroom building. We will walk about 3 miles, on a level trail.

3. 9:30 a.m., March 28 – Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

4. 10:00 a.m., April 4 – Emily Allen Wildflower Preserve in Winston Salem: 1466 Old Town Road, Winston-Salem NC 27106. PLEASE try to carpool to this site, as parking is very limited. You can park along the street in front of the house, and perpendicular to the street at the houses on either side of 1466 (just don’t block their mailboxes). We will gather at the base of the driveway. This is a perfect date to see the amazing diversity and profusion of wildflowers found in this closed-to-the-public garden. While it is an easy walk, less than a mile, the trails are mostly on slopes and can be muddy.

5. 9:30 a.m., April 11 - Knight Brown Preserve: We begin on the Beechwood Bottom Trail and continue on the Creekside Loop trail to see which wildflowers are in bloom at this pristine site owned by Piedmont Land Conservancy. About 2 miles of walking, some of it hilly.

6. 9:30 a.m., April 18 – Richardson-Taylor Preserve: We will walk part the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, as well as part of the Mountains-to-Sea trail, and see what wildflowers we can find. About 2 miles of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

7. 10:00 a.m., April 25 – Black Walnut Bottoms in Bethania: We will meet in the parking lot of Bethania Town Hall, which is also the trailhead for Black Walnut Bottoms. The address is 5490 Bethania Road, Bethania NC 27010. We will be in woodlands as well as open fields, and will walk about 1.4 miles on mostly level trails.

Friday, April 27, 2018

2018 NCNPS Spring Trip April 27-29

Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

Mark your calendars and make your reservations NOW! We are excited about our upcoming Spring Outing, April 27-29, in the southern mountain town of Franklin, NC. Due to its small size, lodging for a group can be challenging so early reservations are suggested if you want to be close to fellow members. We have reserved a block of rooms with a great discount at the Comfort Inn (828-369-9200). The total cost per room, per night, is $88.60 ($77.70 plus tax), with breakfast included. When making reservations please ask for the group rate for NCNPS. This price will be good until March 22, 2018. After that, you will have to pay the full price.

We will open the event registration in mid February and you will be notified by email when it opens.
During that weekend, NCNPS will hold all meetings, lectures and a silent plant auction led by Mark Rose in Tartan Hall at the historic First Presbyterian Church. There will be a Friday afternoon hike for those arriving early, hikes Saturday morning and afternoon, and half day hikes on Sunday morning.

Plans are still forming, but we will Gary Kauffmann will be the speaker on Friday night giving an overview of the Franklin area, and Brent Martin will be the speaker on Saturday night telling us of William Bartram’s journeys in this area.  Hike leaders will be Gary Kauffmann, Brent Martin, Larry Mellichamp, Mark Rose, Dan Pitillo, and others. Not all the hikes are finalized, but we will go the Rufus Morgan Trial, Dan Pitillo’s native plant hillside, Blue Valley, a section of the Bartram Trail, and more!

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