Fire in the Bay - Restoring Native Plant Communities at Pondberry Bay
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Native Plant Studies Program graduate, Dale Batchelor, shares her experiences as a Volunteer Site Steward for Pondberry Bay, a Plant Conservation Preserve in Sampson County. Pondberry Bay is one of 23 preserves established by N. C.'s Plant Conservation Program to protect more than 50 of our state's rarest plants in their natural habitats. The Pondberry Preserve features several natural communities including Cypress Savannah, Streamhead Pocosin, and Longleaf Flatwoods. Imperiled plants include the preserve’s eponym, Pondberry (Lindera melissifolia), and Sandhills milk-vetch (Astragalus michauxii). Dale will discuss how learning from field ecologists and plant conservation experts has informed her work as a landscape designer and gardener.