Judy, I would like to invite you to participate in the planting of longleaf pine trees as outlined under the events calendar dated February 13, 2010. This is a Saturday outing and will involve a drive to Southern Pines, NC located in the Sandhills of NC. There will be a similar opportunity on the following two Saturdays Feb 20 and Feb 27. I am working to help organize as large of a turn-out as possible. This event is being sponsored by The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina and will give all participants a first hand look at the longleaf pine ecosystem and an opportunity to offset part of our carbon footprint. You can call me at (980) 875-8900 for more details.
Welcome to the network, Judy. Have you been to a Lake Norman Wildlife Chapter meeting yet? Give it a try and you'll enjoy connecting with others who have the same interest. Keep an eye on our "Events" tab for other opportunities.
In response to the increasing interest in native plants and the environment, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens has partnered with the NC Native Plant Society and the Habitat and Wildlife Keepers to offer a series of in-depth courses combining lecture and hands-on learning, leading to a Certificate in Native Plant Studies.
What can be gained from pursuing the Certificate?
* A solid foundation of knowledge and appreciation of the Piedmont flora and its ecology – for personal or professional benefit.
* Training in identification, plant selection, planning and maintenance of gardens and landscapes that primarily utilize native plants, and other specialized skills (depending on electives chosen).
Who should pursue a Certificate?
* Home gardeners
* Habitat stewards
* Landscapers & land developers
* Environmentalists, conservationists
* Environmental educators
NC NATIVE PLANT LISTS--Downloadable
Mecklenburg County created an extensive list of native plants, their soil and light requirements and what they provide for wildlife. Feel free to download these files to your computer Native Tree List.xls