LUNCHBOX Talk: What's on Your Roadside? History, Character, and Conservation of Piedmont Prairie Remnants
with Alan Weakley, Director, UNC Herbarium ; Julie Tuttle, Ecologist
Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Fee: Free, preregistration required.
Sun-loving plants once occupied the prairies, savannas, and open-canopy woodlands of the North Carolina Piedmont, natural habitats more prevalent historically thanks to fire and other ecological processes.
Now, those plants persist in roadsides and powerline rights-of-way, and their remnant populations are increasingly threatened by development and changes in management.
We'll explore our North Carolina Piedmont prairie flora, from the rare, endemic, and disjunct species to the more common plants in our area. We'll talk about the biogeographical processes that created our local flora and about the management and conservation necessary to prevent the loss of large suites of these special Piedmont plants and their associated pollinators.