Oconee Bells: Emblem of Resiliency in the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment

Date: 10/8/2013
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Join Patrick McMillan
and the Friends of Plant Conservation
for a special evening celebrating
Emblem of Resiliency In the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment

Meet the speakers and join us for refreshments following the program.

The Friends of Plant Conservation, NC Plant Conservation Program, and the
NC Botanical Garden invite you to an evening with
Patrick McMillan and Rob Evans exploring the North Carolina native
plant with a 100 year history of mystery and intrigue—Shortia galacifolia var. brevistyla.

Patrick will lead us through the unique characteristics of the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment and the role that it appears to have played in serving as a crucible of life through change and how important it may be in the face of changes we see today.

“Expeditions with Patrick McMillan” recently won the Emmy award for excellence as on-camera talent in competition by the Southeast chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The competition is the most prestigious in television and video production.

Rob will tell the story of one of the last remaining private sites for Northern Oconee bells—by far the largest population and an astonishingly beautiful site—and the efforts to save this endangered plant that grows in McDowell County and nowhere else in the world.

Rob Evans, NC Plant Conservation Program Coordinator since 2004, leading the effort to acquire Plant Conservation Preserves across NC and initiate restoration efforts in a host of rare plant habitats. The NCPCP oversees 22 plant conservation preserves protecting 68 species of the 421 on the NC list of endangered, threatened, and special concern species. With a staff of three, they manage more than 14,000 acres spread across the state, and regularly search for new sites to protect even more of our unique plants and special habitats.

Donations to purchase this Oconee bells site are welcome and will be matched