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 on: January 10, 2010, 01:18:03 PM 
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Janisse Ray, the prize-winning and very popular Georgia author, will present a talk based on her acclaimed books Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, Wild Card Quilt and Pinhook: Finding Wholeness in a Fragmented Land. Her work is included on the Georgia Center for the Book's list of "25 Books all Georgians Should Read," and her talk is part of the "We the People" program funded through the Georgia Humanities Council. (All Georgia Reads/"We the People" program).
She will be speaking about her books at the Moultrie Library, 7pm, Jan 26.  From Thomasville, take 319N, left on GA133 (1st Ave SE), left on 5th St SE to the library in the Moultrie Plaza Shopping Center.

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 on: January 05, 2010, 09:08:56 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
BOTANY WORKSHOP INFORMATION: (Registration required & limited to 12 participants - See below)
This special botany workshop, sponsored by the Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association (IRKPA), and taught by botanist Janet Marr, is open to anyone with beginning/intermediate knowledge of plant identification and who is interested in learning to identify the early summer native flora of this species-rich Lake Superior island.  Workshop participants will spend four days on Isle Royale learning native plant species, using such tools as a dichotomous key and hand lens to identify plants.  Other topics will include discussion of island plant communities, rare species, ecology, and  invasive species.  Workshop activities will take place mostly outdoors.  Optional evening sessions will also be offered to review plants learned earlier.  Field trips will include Tobin Harbor, Scoville Point, and Raspberry Island, places that are all located in the vicinity of Rock Harbor. 

Workshop attendees will meet in Houghton, Michigan, on Monday (14 June) afternoon and travel from Houghton to Rock Harbor (on Isle Royale) on the Ranger III boat on Tuesday (15 June).  Participants will return to Houghton on the Ranger III on Saturday (19 June).

REQUIREMENTS: Workshop participants should be able to hike up to 7 miles in one day with a daypack on rocky, sometimes steep, trails and bedrock, sometimes slippery, shoreline. 

INSTRUCTOR: Botanist Janet Marr, the workshop instructor, has had many years of experience studying plants across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and Isle Royale.  Janet taught the 2007 - 2009 Isle Royale botany workshops as well as many botany and aquatic plant workshops in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula.  She is co-author of the Isle Royale Natural History Association's Island Life, an Isle Royale Nature Guide. 

ENROLLMENT IS LIMITED TO 12 PARTICIPANTS. Last year’s botany workshop
filled up very quickly so sign up soon! Contact Jill Burkland at 906-482-7860 or  jburkland@irnha.org  for more information or to register for the workshop.  PARTICIPANTS NEED TO PRE-REGISTER AND SEND A $100 DEPOSIT TO BE RECEIVED BY 1 MAY 2010 to Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association,  Attn: Jill Burkland, 800 East Lakeshore Drive, Houghton, MI  49931  in order to attend this workshop. Botany workshop fee: $650 ($625 for IRKPA members).

The fee for the botany workshop covers instruction, camping, meals on the island, hand lens, notebook, Slavick/Janke’s Flora of Isle Royale, and transportation to and from the island on the Ranger III.  Participants may travel from Grand Portage, Minnesota, on the Voyager at their own expense.  See  http://www.isleroyaleboats.com/  for Voyager info.

LODGING/CAMPING: Participants may camp for free at a Rock Harbor group site for the four nights on the island.  You may also stay in the Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units at your own expense (consider sharing a room with another participant or friend to reduce your lodging cost).  For information about lodging (at Rock Harbor Lodge or Housekeeping units), boat rentals, etc., please see:  http://www.isleroyaleresort.com/  or  call 866-644-2003  (winter season) or 906-337-4993 (summer season).

For information about Isle Royale National Park, see their home page at  http://www.nps.gov/isro/  or call  906-482-0984.

 


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 on: December 13, 2009, 09:01:06 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Northeastern Naturalist Special Issue November5 , 2009 (Soil and Biota of Serpentine: A World View, the Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Serpentine Ecology) is available for advance order from the publisher, with discounts available for orders postmarked before the end of the year. If you are interested in ordering, send me an emial and I will send you the order form as a pdf.

Rich Reaves (rich.reaves@att.net)

 74 
 on: November 24, 2009, 07:52:31 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Upcoming Volunteer Sessions

Though many of you may be putting your gardens to sleep for the winter, here at AHC we are still working on several garden projects…especially planting! It is such an opportune time to plant – when we don’t have to worry about searing temperatures and drought. Being in the gardens at this time of the year I’m fascinated by the changes in the bird populations; they are flocking, eating different foods and their calls are changing.

Volunteer sessions in December:

All weekday sessions from 9 a.m. to noon, all weekend sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. 

Tuesday, December 1 - Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, December 10 – Quarry Garden

Saturday, December 19 – Quarry Garden & Tullie Smith

Note: We will neither meet on our regular Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving), nor on Thursday, December 24.

If you have an interest in joining our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers that come on a regular basis, which normally take place each month on the first Tuesday, first Thursday and the third Saturday and the fourth Thursday.

Helping in the Atlanta History Center Gardens is an excellent way to learn about horticulture, spend time in a beautiful setting, work alongside interesting people… and often be able to take plants home!

Since we plan our activities based on the number of people signed up for each session, we ask that you let us know if you will be joining us. Likewise, if you have signed up and are then unable to attend…please let us know as soon in advance as possible.

Thanks for your interest!
John Manion
John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
p | 404.814.4073
e | jmanion@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com



 75 
 on: November 12, 2009, 02:13:22 AM 
Started by sanguinaria - Last post by terrestrial_man
It can be purchased from the editor and the distributor, Carol Allen. Soft bound copies or CD copies with color images are $25  apiece post paid and if purchased together $45. For ordering contact:
carolallen@erols.com

 76 
 on: November 08, 2009, 09:58:05 AM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area East Palisades Autumn Hike: Overlook Ridge and Cabin Creek Trail
Sunday, November 22, 2009
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

<RESERVATIONS REQUIRED - SEE BELOW>

Description: Join Naturalist Jerry Hightower for a look at the glorious autumn scenery along Indian Ridge Trail to Charlie’s Trapping Creek, the Indian Rock Shelter and then up the Salamander Creek Trail to enjoy the grand view from atop Overlook Ridge above Devil’s Race Course Shoals.  We will then take Cabin Creek Trail past Civil War gun emplacements through a beautiful fall forest to the parking area.   We hope to see the golden browns of the fern fronds, a rich tapestry of colorful foliage, and to enjoy the autumn air.  Discover the process of leaf color change and learn about the pigments that provide the color to our forest.   We will travel through mature oak-hickory forest, mesic ravine forest, and floodplain forest. Our hike will take us over and past extraordinary rock outcrops and formations influenced by the Brevard Fault, which runs through the Unit.  Jerry has been roaming these ridges since childhood and knows well the area’s magic. 

Location: Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, East Palisades Unit; meet in the Indian Trail parking area and trail head; 1425 Indian Trail NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327 at the bulletin board.  Go south on Northside Drive and Indian Trail is the fourth street on the right.  Indian Trail goes directly into the park.   

Facilities:  Big trees and lots of bushes

Difficulty:  Moderately strenuous.   We will be off trail and on non-maintained trails for short sections.  There are several short steep accents and descents.

Bring:  Pack your lunch and we will picnic in the forest. Wear comfortable hiking shoes and dress in layers in order to adjust to changes in temperature and activity.  A hat and scarf is a good idea as is a rain jacket.  Camera, hand lens, binoculars are recommended.  $3.00 daily parking fee or annual parking pass needed.

Contact:  Jerry Hightower, 770-206-0338, cell; 678-538-1245, office; 770-971-8919, home or jerryhightower@hotmail.com

Reservations are required by Email:  jerryhightower@hotmail.com



 77 
 on: November 01, 2009, 04:39:40 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
John manion provided a link to a nice little website in his recent Atlanta History Center Volunteer notes.  I found this to be a very interesting site and you may as well:

The site is a daily photo weblog sent from the University of British Columbia Botanical Garden and Center for Plant Research - named “Botany Photo of the Day”. Once a day they send an often-very-interesting image of a plant (or fungus) along with information about it. To visit the site:

http://www.ubcbotanicalgarden.org/potd/2009/10/macrotyphula_juncea.php

 


 78 
 on: November 01, 2009, 04:36:42 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Upcoming Volunteer Sessions

Is there a better time to be in the garden? I always enjoy the golden light, the cool temperatures and smell of plants beginning to decompose…as strange as that sounds!

Volunteer sessions in November:

All weekday sessions from 9 a.m. to noon; all weekend sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m.  

Tuesday, November 3 - Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, November 12 – Quarry Garden

Sunday, November 15, 1–4 p.m. – Build-a-Bog (special session)  

Saturday, November 21 – Quarry Garden and Tullie Smith Farm  

Note: We will not meet on our regular Thursday, Nov. 26 (Thanksgiving)

If you have an interest in joining our wonderfully dedicated group of volunteers that come on a regular basis, we normally meet each month on the first Tuesday, second Thursday and the third Saturday and the fourth Thursday.
 
Helping in the Atlanta History Center Gardens is an excellent way to learn about horticulture, spend time in a beautiful setting, work alongside interesting people… and often be able to take plants home!

Since we plan our activities based on the number of people signed up for each session, we ask that you let us know if you will be joining us. Likewise, if you have signed up and are then unable to attend…please let us know as soon in advance as possible.

Thanks for your interest!

John Manion

John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
p | 404.814.4073
e | jmanion@AtlantaHistoryCenter.com

 


 79 
 on: November 01, 2009, 04:32:32 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
November Privet Pulls at Gainesville College

Member Deloris Smith, BotSoc is co-chairing a privet pull on  4 Saturdays in November at Gainesville College to make the Gainesville College Nature Trail Privet Free and also make the school a "Tree Campus USA".  The group will meet at 10:00 each Saturday behind the Tennis Courts at Gainesville College (where the nature trail is located). Volunteers need to wear gloves and bring drinking water and pruners. We will be spraying the cut privet to reduce re-sprouting.  The total area is about an acre along the trail.  We will start at 10:00 with a safety talk and then get to work.   
Any BotSoc Volunteers who can help please notify Deloris at smit5857@bellsouth.net or 404-312-1831.

 80 
 on: October 07, 2009, 08:17:26 PM 
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Meeting the Challenges of Invasive Non-native Plants
 
The 2009 Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council (GA-EPPC) Annual Meeting will be held at The State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens on November 5th. The theme of this years meeting is “Meeting the Challenges of Invasive Non-native Plants”. The day will be filled with informative presentations from speakers that are authorities in their subject matter. There will also be opportunities to share ideas and network with others involved in management of non-native invasive species. Professionals involved with Forest and Natural Resources, Land Management, Vegetation Management, Green Industry, Agriculture, and related professions, as well as land owners and other individuals concerned about non-native invasive species and natural areas, are encouraged to attend.
Agenda
8:00 Registration
9:00 Welcome, GA-EPPC Board
9:10 Keynote Address: Heroic Group and Individual Efforts are Finally Making a Difference, Dr. James H. Miller, USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station, Auburn Univ. School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
10:00 Georgia’s Invasive Species Incentive Program – Economic Stimulus Funding, James Johnson, Georgia Forestry Commission
10:50 Break
11:00 Using Farm Equipment to Kill Kudzu, Newt Hardie, Kudzu Coalition
11:50 GA-EPPC Election of Officers
12:00 Lunch (included with registration)
1:00 Non-native Invasive Species and the Challenge of Landscape Design, Steve Sanchez, Hughes, Good, O’Leary and Ryan
1:50 Georgia Invasives – implementing volunteer mapping using EDDMapS in Georgia, Chuck Bargeron, UGA Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health
2:40 Break
2:50 Engaging Volunteers in Fighting Invasives, Newt Hardie, Kudzu Coalition
3:40 Utilizing Volunteers for Invasive Plant Projects - A Panel Discussion (See panel participants below)
4:20 Closing remarks, evaluation, pesticide credits
4:30 Adjourn

Credits Available: 5 hours of Georgia Pesticide Credits (Cat. 21, 23, 24 and 27), 3 hours of CFE Credits (Cat1-CF), 1.5 hours South Carolina Pesticide Credits, 5.5 hours Certified Arborist CEU’s, & 5.5 hours Municipal Specialist CEU’s

About the Speakers:
James (Jim) Miller is a Research Ecologist with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station, on the Auburn University Campus and is an Affiliate Professor of Forestry with Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. Jim has Southern Regional responsibility for invasive plant research and development within the Forest Service. He currently leads a Regional Task Force including all branches of the Forest Service to identify the alien invasive species that most threaten southern forest sustainability.
Newt Hardie has led the Kudzu Coalition, an organization based in Spartanburg, S.C. that has pioneered innovative, non-herbicidal means of kudzu and other non-native species control, with a volunteer work force. The Coalition is also gaining knowledge for its “Kudzu College” program, in which attendees are taught principals of the Kudzu Coalitions work.
Steve Sanchez is a Landscape Architect with Hughes, Good, O’Leary and Ryan. He has gained recognition from both in and outside the Green Industry for his vision and practice of using non-invasive plant material on projects in which he is involved.
Chuck Bargeron is Technology Coordinator at the University of Georgia Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health. He has led the effort of the Early Detection & Distribution Mapping System (EDDMapS), which provides distribution information of non-native invasive species and serves as an important tool in nonnative invasive species management. Chuck is also President of the Southeast Exotic Pest Plant Council, SE-EPPC.
James Johnson is Forest Health Coordinator for the Georgia Forestry Commission. He leads the Commissions invasive plant management programs and has been instrumental in the Commissions Cogongrass management program. He is involved with management of the Federal Stimulus Programs related Cost Share Incentives available on private and state lands.
Panelists:
Danielle Green, Curator of Horticulture and Environmental Initiatives for Zoo Atlanta; Cynthia Taylor, Natural Resource Manager for Elachee Nature Science Center, Gainesville, GA
Newt Hardie, the Kudzu Coalition, Spartanburg, S.C.
Ayanna Williams, Park Pride
Blake Watkins, Trees Atlanta
Dave Butler, Dekalb County Parks Department
Registration fee
Members of GA-EPPC”: $25 (received by October 23) / $35 (received after October 23). Non-members: $45 (received by October 23) / $55 (received after October 23), (Non-member fee includes one year annual membership)
For a printable registration form or to register on line, Please go to the GA-EPPC website for online registration or a mail-in registration form. www.gaeppc.org

For directions to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, see http://www.uga.edu/botgarden/directions.html
Questions? Phone: 706/542-0808


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