Wednesday, September 04, 2019
Marie Poteat: Home Place Habitat—Restoring the Farm with Native Plants(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter
Marie Poteat in one of her beautiful and wildlife filled plantings (by Nancy Lee Adamson)
Fifty nine acres of land along the Deep River in Jamestown could be a prime site for a housing development here in the Triad, but when Marie Poteat retired in 2009 and returned to the largely untended family farm, she vowed to change the fate of the property. “I always knew I would live on the property and create a wildlife preserve, “she told an interviewer for Wildlife Magazine (see page 3 for an article about her by NCWRC wildlife biologist John Isenhour).
With a foundation of hard work, love of the land, appreciation of nature, and her background in the sciences, Marie began to create such a wildlife preserve, returning the fields to their original grasses, the grasses that the indigenous peoples found in these lands of the Piedmont, as well as restoring the land with native plants. Using the resources of environmental groups and government agencies and armed with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences from UNCG years earlier, Marie continued to expand her knowledge and skills. She attended numerous classes and training sessions, for example, in effective herbicide application, prescribed burning, and pollinator habitat enhancement.
Marie now has a conservation easement on the property and works with the Piedmont Land Conservancy, in addition to a Wildlife Habitat Conservation Agreement with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. She is currently serving a second term on the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission aster serving on the Guilford County Open Space Committee for a number of years. She is a spokesperson for Audubon and serves on the board of their local chapter. She is also a member of the NC Native Plant Society and other groups promoting the use of native plants and as a member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad (LWVPT) sits on the Environmental Roundtable.
Marie Poteat used her knowledge of sciences in the chemical and automotive industries in her career, and these jobs took her all over the world. While exciting and life-changing, these travels also gave her a greater appreciation of the North Carolina she loves and the land she values. Marie will share her story with the Triad Chapter of NCNPS Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Environmental Library in Greensboro. The meeting, as always, is open to the public. Join us for a review of her journeys back to the family farm.
Join us Wednesday, September 4th, 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.
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