Donations to the 2021 North Carolina Native Plant Society (NCNPS) campaign are earmarked for the B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund, a NCNPS granting program that supports groups of people who undertake community projects such as native plant garden installations and habitat restorations.
The B.W. Wells Stewardship Fund is a valuable resource for communities that want to protect local habitats. Dedicated and passionate “green heroes” have used B.W. Wells grants to bring nature back to life in their local areas and beyond. Impacts from their projects ripple outward, inspiring others to get involved and creating long lasting positive benefits for the environment.
Here are some exciting projects NCNPS has funded this year:
Foothills Conservancy, with the help of a local Boy Scout troop, will restore a fallow field along the Henry Fork River back to bottomland forest.
The City of Creedmoor plans to install a large native plant garden at the local community center, a focal point in their small town.
Charlotte Wildlife Stewards will plant native wetland plants at the Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary to improve floodplain function and will also embark on an ambitious effort to educate surrounding communities on the sanctuary’s importance.
- Three Rivers Land Trust performed a prescribed burn at Suther Prairie, a natural Piedmont prairie to prevent the encroachment of woody shrubs, which allowed the Atamasco Lilies (Zephyranthes atamasco) to have a stunning bloom season.
Many people now recognize the pressing urgency to protect and preserve our native flora. This has led to an increased interest in the B.W. Wells fund, but sadly, we are forced to decline many proposals due to lack of funds.
With your donation, we can support more community projects. Each community effort to create native habitats brings us closer to safeguarding our wildflowers and wildlife now and for future generations.