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 on: September 27, 2010, 09:00:24 PM 
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Wagon rides, bird walks, biking tour, prescribed burn demonstation, music and much more at Tall Timbers Open House, a fundraiser for The Wade Tract!!
The Wade Tract in Thomas County, GA, is one of the best, and probably the best maintained and the best researched, of our native longleaf pine ecosystem that used to cover 60% of the Southeastern Coastal Plain, from Virginia to Texas.  Now there is only about 2% left and only a few thousand acres of old growth forest.  For more info on the Wade Tract, go to Please join in supporting the Wade Tract at the following open house and concert at Tall Timbers, who, under the direction of Jim Cox (also one of the musicians), manage and research this magnificent forest. What a wonderful way to spend the day with the whole family or a bunch of friends!
Sunday, October 17th                    12:00-6:30 PM

Open House Activities

  9:00  Pinelands Bird Walk - with Chris Borg. Pre-registration required; limited to 15. 
  12:00 Natural history exhibits, Tall Timbers Land Conservancy display, historic Beadel House tours, Henry M. Stevenson Memorial Bird Trail hiking 
  12:15 Wagon Tours of Tall Timbers - see colorful wildflower displays, research activities, the restored Jones Family Tenant Farm, and the Bird Window on Gannett Pond 
  12:30 Biking in the Pines - Bring your off-road bike and tour Tall Timbers with Tall Timbers staff. Pre-registration required. Helmets a must. Limited to 15. 
  1:30 Prescribed Burn Demonstration - Lake Iamonia Vista. Mike McCall, Senior Meteorologist with WCTV will talk about fire weather and light the prescribed burn.
  2:00 Music Festival - Bring chairs and blankets and enjoy the concert on the lawn. Performers will be selling CDs of their music and cool stuff will be raffled.

Tickets purchased before October 15th, $10 for individuals; $20 per vehicle for students with valid ID (advance purchase); $30 per carload

Tickets purchased on October 17th, $10 for individual; $40 per carload at the gate

Purchase tickets on-line at…, or by calling Lisa Baggett at (850) 893-4153 ext. 241 or contacting her via email (

More than 4 hours of great fun and music supporting one of the last old-growth pine forests left in North America

The concert takes place on the front lawn of Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.  Bring blankets, lawn chairs, coolers, sunscreen and hats and enjoy the beautiful view overlooking Lake Iamonia.  The best adorned table and picnic spread win a special prize.

Directions  (

Tall Timbers Research Station is located on County Road 12 in northern Leon County.  From Interstate 10, take U.S. 319 (Thomasville Road) 13.2 miles north.  Turn left on County Road 12 (Iamonia Cut-off) and continue 2.8 miles.  Turn left on Henry Beadel Drive and proceed up the hill to the campus. 

 on: September 23, 2010, 07:59:23 PM 
Started by terrestrial_man - Last post by terrestrial_man
Here is an image of an unidentified moss species from the Piedmont of Georgia. It is housed in a reused plastic TV dinner tray that holes have been drilled into around the base of the tray. It is growing on a clay soil base.  It receives about 2 to 3 hours of direct sun during late morning into early afternoon, possibly more depending upon the time of year. It is watered only with reverse osmosis water. It has been growing in the tray since late February, 2007.
It is a great looking scene that I wanted to share.

 on: September 13, 2010, 07:07:51 PM 
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For those of you who use Newcombe's Wildlfower Guide, either in the mountains of Georgia or farther north, I came across a .pdf file available from the New York Flroa Association that provides a taxonomic update (from 2007) to what is in Newcombe (published in 1977).  If you are interested, you make find it at:

 on: September 07, 2010, 08:41:37 PM 
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Invasive Plants: The Impact on Georgia’s Ecology and Economy
A Symposium Sponsored by: The Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council
November 4, 2010 at Zoo Atlanta
Professionals from all fields of land management are invited to the 2010 Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council (GA-EPPC) Annual Meeting and Conference. 

Keynote speaker, Dr. Damon E. Waitt, is Senior Botanist at the University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, an institution nationally recognized as an innovative leader in plant conservation and environmental sustainability, as well as the premier national source of information on native plants and landscapes.

Complete Program and Registration details can be found at

Credits Applied For:  Georgia Pesticide Credits (Cat. 21, 23, 24 and 27),
ISA Certified Arborist CEU’s, ISA Municipal Specialist CEU’s, Continuing Forestry Education Credits (Cat1-CF)

 on: August 29, 2010, 07:47:53 PM 
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The GNPS Symposium will be held September 25th at the Chattahoochee Technical College in Acworth and 3 of the speakers are BotSoc members. 

GNPS has offered registration to all BotSoc members at the GNPS member rate of $50. 

The schedule and registration form can be found at

 on: August 12, 2010, 06:33:07 PM 
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The Chicago Botanic Garden and Botanic Gardens Conservation International’s U.S. office are working with several partners to assess strengths and areas for improvement in plant science education, research and habitat management in the United States. A lLiterature review was combined with survey of  non-profit organizations, university personnel, graduate students, and government employees involved in plant science research, education and/or natural resource management in the United States.  Results were discussed at a workshop with 30 stakeholders representing surveyed groups from across the country, and recommendations to remedy identified gaps in capacity were outlined and agreed. The objective was to assess the ability of U.S. institutions and individuals to advance plant science research and application, while identifying gaps in capacity and highlighting opportunities to fill these gaps in the future. 

The FINAL REPORT is available from

 on: August 11, 2010, 06:35:34 PM 
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Volunteers are being sought for the "Great Assault on Spirea Japonica"  This event is being hosted by the Georgia Wildlife Federation (GWF) on  November 6-7 at the Charlie Wharton Conservation Center (CWCC) located within the Tallulah basin of North Georgia.  The primary activity will be yanking exotic invasive plants but time will be available for socialization over the Saturday dinner and Sunday lunch provided by GWF.  In addition, nearby hiking trails and waterfalls provide a break.   Come either Saturday or Sunday or both days.   Camping spaces will be available in the meadow beginning at noon on  Nov 5. 
Contact:  Eddi Minche: to sign up or for more information 

 on: August 08, 2010, 12:58:08 PM 
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The Sixth Annual Hemlockfest Music Festival will be held November 5-7 at Starbridge Retreat near Dahlonega, Ga.  This year’s musical lineup promises to be one of the best yet, with an exciting variety of rock, blues, bluegrass, and mountain music acts.

Smokestack and the Foothill Fury will kick off  the festival Friday as a one man blues band  sidewalk style, then Veronika Jackson will grab souls with her unique blend of folk and blues, followed by gritty roadhouse rockin’ blues from Blue Mother Tupelo.  Then the energetic bluegrass of the popular Packway Handle Band will be followed up by The Michelle Malone Banned performing its soulful blues/rock sound.

Saturday’s all-day lineup features bands with local, regional, and national followings.  Local favorites Barry Bailey and the Family Honor will play during the day.  The afternoon lineup is anchored by the Vespers, a band out of Nashville that is rapidly building a strong reputation for compelling folk rock music, and Emerald Rose, a Dahlonega Celtic rock band with a national following.  Saturday night will feature the blues sound of Donna Hopkins, fresh bluegrass talent from the Children of the Hemlock, the eclectic roots-based music from St. Francis, and the perennial festival favorite Col. Bruce Hampton and the Quark Alliance, with their irresistible jam-rock show.  After the sun goes down Unifire dancers promise to mesmerize the audience with their unique fire-dancing.

Sunday’s lineup will feature old-time roots music from The Buzzard Mountain Boys, Curley Maple (with David and Noel Blackmon), and the Mosier Brothers (with Rev. Jeff Mosier).

Hemlockfest is a musical benefit awareness and fund raiser held each year by the Lumpkin Coalition to help support efforts to combat the woolly adelgid parasites which are killing the native hemlock trees of the Blueridge Mountains and all up the east coast. 

About us: The Lumpkin Coalition is a 100% volunteer non-profit 501c3 charitable organization established in 2005 and dedicated to preservation of a clean and healthy environment, responsible living, and responsible growth.  It is based in Lumpkin County, Georgia with membership throughout the Southeast.

 on: August 06, 2010, 08:31:29 PM 
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After a 13-year hiatus, the Mid-South Native Plant Conference returns to Memphis October 8 through October 10, 2010. With the theme “Natives and Beyond: Sustainable Plants, Gardens and Communities” the conference brings a world-class roster of nationally acclaimed horticulturalists, botanists, and other environmental experts to Memphis. The conference is hosted by Dixon Gallery and Gardens, 4339 Park Ave., Memphis, TN.

The purpose of the 2010 native plant conference is to promote awareness of the use of plant choices, horticultural practices and garden designs that work with nature and have a positive environmental impact. Attendees will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in sessions with world-class speakers who will provide the tools necessary for safe and ecological gardening to increase their own sustainability.

On the evening of October 8th, the event will be kicked off with Felder Rushing, author, former Extension Service urban horticulture specialist for Jackson, MS. and syndicated columnist,  speaking on “How to Grow Natives in an Urban Setting” and tours of the Dixon gardens including the recently redesigned woodland gardens by Dale Skaggs, Dixon’s Director of Horticulture.

Saturday, October 9, will be a full day of distinguished speakers, many never having spoken before in the Memphis area.  Key note speaker, Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, new president of Missouri Botanical Garden will speak on “Botanic Gardens of the World as Developing Centers for Plant Conservation and Sustainability.  After Dr. Wyse Jackson, the conference will present the following sessions:

C. Colston Burrell, garden designer, award-winning author, and teacher from Charlottesville, VA. “Great Natives for Tough Places”

Ann English, landscape architect and rain scapes specialist of Montgomery Co., MD. “Storm Water Landscapes: Rain Gardens and other Strategies for Improving Water Quality”

Rick Lewandowski, director of Mt. Cuba Center, Greenville, DE. “Nurturing Gardens Inspired by Nature”

Don Shadow of Shadow Nurseries, Winchester, TN. “New and Useful Native Plants for Mid-South Gardens and Landscapes”

An optional guided field trip through Overton Park’s Old Forest and private garden tours will be offered on Sunday, October 10.   Cost is $100 with registration prior to September 1, 2010 and $125 after includes light evening refreshments, continental breakfast, box lunch and on-site vendor access.  For additional details contact Emily Halpern at 901-312-1252 or access

 on: July 26, 2010, 11:55:14 AM 
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You are invited to attend the 37th annual Natural Areas Conference hosted by the Natural Areas Association (NAA), with co-hosts: the Missouri Department of Conservation, the University of Missouri-Columbia College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, the Missouri Natural Areas Committee, and the National Association of Exotic Pest Plant Councils.
This year's conference will be held at the Tan-Tar-A Resort on the shores of beautiful Lake of the Ozarks in the Osage River Hills region of the Missouri Ozarks.
Missouri's Ozark Highlands are home to some of the largest springs in the world, thousands of caves, the largest block of remaining forest and woodland in the central midwest, and many endemic species. Within an hour drive of Tan-Tar-A Resort are tallgrass prairies, glades, savannas, woodlands, forests, fens, caves, springs, Ozark streams, and the Missouri River.
Please join us as we connect today's natural area managers with academics and students and young natural resource professionals with seasoned professionals from a variety of natural resource disciplines.

Included in Full Conference Registration:
•   Attendance throughout the week at conference sessions, roundtables and workshops
•   Opening day events, including the Plenary and the Tuesday evening social
•   Refreshments during session breaks
•   Thursday Awards Dinner and Auction; Presentation of the George B. Fell and Carl N. Becker Stewardship Awards
•   Thursday field trips - your choice from a large selection of natural areas, wilderness destinations and cultural sites
•   Unlimited networking opportunities, camaraderie and learning experiences!

Additional information can be found at:

Register at:

Questions regarding the 2010 Natural Areas Conference, including workshops or sponsorship opportunities:
Tim Nigh, 2010 Conference Organizer
Missouri Department of Conservation
(573) 882-9909 x3244

Deb Kraus, Director
Natural Areas Association
(541) 317-0199

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