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 on: October 01, 2009, 02:34:38 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Looking for an opportunity to see many National Parks in the southeastern  US and assist in preserving their precious natural and cultural resources?  The Student Conservation Association, in partnership with the National  Park Service (NPS), is assisting in a nationwide effort to eradicate  invasive, exotic plants from NPS lands. After habitat loss, invasive, exotic species are considered the greatest threat to global diversity. The  NPS Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team (SE-EPMT) is looking for  interns to be on a traveling team to manage invasive, exotic plants in 18  NPS units. These parks are located in the Piedmont, Appalachian Highlands and the Cumberland Plateau provinces in seven southeastern states (KY, TN, VA, NC, AL, NC, and SC). Park sites include Cumberland Gap National Historic Park (KY/TN/VA), Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area (TN/KY), Obed Wild and Scenic River (TN), Blue Ridge Parkway (NC/VA) and Mammoth Cave National Park (KY). We are based in Asheville, NC on the Blue Ridge Parkway, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains National Park. The Asheville area has a thriving arts community, a vibrant and inviting downtown, diverse outdoor adventures, and many historic and architectural attractions. Assistance with housing is possible.The SE-EPMT typically works two types of schedule: either four 10 hour days with three days off or eight 10 hour days with six days off. Four day weeks are usually Monday thru Thursday and eight day weeks are Monday thru Monday.

Position Duties:  Implement and document invasive plant management control  methods including manual, mechanical and chemical techniques using  chainsaws, pole saws, brushcutters, hand tools, manual and gas powered  sprayers and GPS. The goal is to help protect National Park Service sites  from these exotic fauna, including Japanese Honeysuckle, Japanese Spirea,
 Coltsfoot, Privet, and Kudzu.

Training Opportunities Include:  Safe and effective use of chainsaws and  other power tools; safe and effective use of herbicides; use of personal  protective equipment; safety-first aid and CPR; ATV training and  operation; defensive driving; Red Card (wildland fire  fighter)certification; use of GPS/GIS and various database and computer  programs.

Minimum Requirements:  Applicant must be 25 years or under, have a valid drivers license, have reliable transportation to office site in Asheville, NC, be capable of navigating rough terrain carrying heavy loads (40lbs+) under potential extreme weather conditions.

Projected Start Date: October 19, 2009

For more information please contact::

Nancy Fraley
National Park Service
Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team
67 Ranger Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
828-296-0850 x100


Toby Obenauer
Team Leader
Southeast Exotic Plant Management Team
67 Ranger Drive
Asheville, NC 28805
828-296-0850 x101

 on: September 02, 2009, 06:41:38 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Chattahoochee Wilderness Society and Friends of the Chattahoochee River Rivers Alive Palisades Clean Up
Sunday, September 13, 2009 
9:00 A.M. to Noon   

Description: RIVER TEAM - Bring your own canoe or kayak and join us for a float to clean up the Palisades section of the Chattahoochee River.  There are three mild class 1.5 rapids suitable for beginners along this part of the river.  We will collect trash along the three mile section of river from Powers Island to Paces Mill.  Created by the geologic action of the Brevard Fault, the river, and the effects of weather; this rugged and beautiful section of the river is habitat to an extraordinary array of wildlife and late summer wildflowers.  This will be a great trip for butterflies as well. We will drop off trash at Devil’s Stair Step Beach (Diving Rock), Whitewater Creek, and Paces Mill.

LAND TEAM - One team will collect trash in the East Palisades from Whitewater Creek parking area upstream and another team will collect in the West Palisades walking in from the Akers Drive parking area.

Meeting Location:  All participants will meet at Powers Island, 5862 Interstate North Pkwy., Sandy Springs, Georgia 30328 at 9:00 am.  We will have a buffet breakfast for early arrivers starting at 8:30 am. 

All teams will receive trash bags.  All participants must sign a rivers alive waiver. After the assignment and safety meeting, Land teams will proceed to their areas and river team members will quickly unload all of their equipment.  We will then take the majority of the vehicles to Paces Mill and shuttle the drivers back to Powers Island.
Bring:  Sunscreen, a hat, rain jacket, snacks, work gloves and water should be brought along.  Bring a day pack or other bag to secure items inside your boat.  Land team members should wear sturdy hiking/work shoes and dress for the weather. 
$3.00 daily parking pass or annual parking pass needed.

Facilities:  Restrooms are located at Powers Island, Devil’s Stair Step Beach (across from Diving Rock), and Paces Mill.
Difficulty:  Easy paddling suitable for beginners, but persons must have basic canoeing or kayaking skills and experience paddling on a river.  Walking at Whitewater creek is easy and level.  Walking at West Palisades Easy is moderate to moderately difficult.
REGISTRATION REQUIRED:  Email to  (Thre is an emial address here - move your cursor over the gap.).

Free Rivers Alive tee shirts to the first 40 persons to register.  Additional tee shirts may be ordered at a small cost; $3.09.

Friends of the Chattahoochee River; Post Office Box 768352; Roswell, Georgia 30076
Friends of the Chattahoochee River is a non-profit (501-c-3), volunteer organization promoting the awareness and appreciation of the resources of the river corridor through education and first hand experiences to result in informed decisions and responsible actions toward the protection of those resources.

 on: August 31, 2009, 06:53:18 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
Thanks, Richard. 

I did a quick look at the Sunny Gardens one and they do say it is a hybrid - so your impression was correct, it is not L. catesbaei.

 on: August 31, 2009, 04:04:04 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Richard

I don't have any personal experience with it in the field but did find this information on the web today. I'll post 4 links to the different websites and then comment afterward. You may have to copy and paste these links into your web browser.

This is the Florida Plant Atlas site and if you go to plant 8 (Lilium_catesbaei8.jpg) you'll see a picture that is light yellow / white.

Pacific Bulb Society - scroll down until you see a picture labeled: An ananthocyanic (anthocyanic?) form found in the Florida panhandle.

Sunny Gardens website showing a cultivated yellow-flowered L. catesbaei: SunnyGardens - Lilium catesbaei 'Tiger Yellow' But, to tell the truth, it doesn't look like L. catesbaei to me.

I believe this is North Carolina State Univ. website and here is the caption: Savannah Lily - Orange / Yellow - Lilium catesbaei var. longii

So, I guess there is something out there that can be almost white or light yellow to really light orange?


 on: August 28, 2009, 07:51:41 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
I received a call from someone wondering whether a yellow (not pale orange) morph of the pine lily (Lilium  catesbaei) is uncommon.  The questioner lives near the route we took on out July roadside botanizing trip in the waycross-Folkston area and has noticed yellow pine lilies along a portion of the route we took.  I have only sen orange ones, so I thought I would post to the group on this.

Thanks in advance for any input.  I will forward anything received to the person who made the inquiry.


 on: August 28, 2009, 07:45:20 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich
With the temperatures finally cooling, the bird songs changing, and signs of autumn within view – it’s a glorious time to be in the garden.

All weekday sessions from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.   All weekend sessions from 9:15 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. 

Thursday, August 27 – Quarry Garden

Tuesday, September 1 - Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, September 10 – Quarry Garden

Saturday, September 19 – Quarry Garden and Tullie Smith Farm

Thursday, September 24 – Quarry Garden

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 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.

We’d love for you become a member the Atlanta History Center.  To take advantage of all of the many benefits of membership, but especially so you can be the first to learn of (and take advantage of the discounts on) the many up-coming events, please visit   and click on “Membership,” or contact Sarah Wilder - our Membership Director at or 404.814.4100.

John T. Manion
Historic Gardens Curator
Atlanta History Center
130 West Paces Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30305
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Find out what's happening at the Atlanta History Center!


 on: August 22, 2009, 07:41:36 PM 
Started by Rich - Last post by Rich

The State Botanical Gardens is hosting Sustainability: Bring It Home! It will be a full weekend program in November focusing on ways to bring sustainability to homeowners. We are hoping to have your help publicizing this program to anyone that might be interested. Attached you will the agenda for the weekend and information about the three presenters. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us Anne Shenk or Cora Keber at the information below. Registration is available at Thank you for helping promote our educational programming at the Garden.

Anne Shenk, Director of Education, Cora Keber, Education Coordinator, The State Botanical Garden of Georgia 2450 South Milledge Avenue Athens, GA 30605 706-542-6156

 on: August 20, 2009, 09:49:28 PM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Merrill
Hi, Susan, the forum automatically calls members "Botanist." It's just for fun. When you post 100 messages here, it changes you to "Heroic Botanist."

Maybe I should make it call new members "Junior Botanist." I thought about that, but it seemed a little silly to call some of the experts who post here "Junior."


 on: August 20, 2009, 09:15:08 PM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Susan
Hi again, since Richard and Theresa were so fast with the id on the non-native gooseneck loosestife, I thought I would try another.
Here are two links to photos of some rain lilies I was given.  No specific id came with the gift.  It is fertile, making lovely black papery seeds and seems content here in the Piedmont, for 5 plus years. Does anyone know if any of the rain lily species shift towards pink as the flowers age?

 on: August 20, 2009, 08:25:04 PM 
Started by Susan - Last post by Susan
Thank you Richard and Theresa. It shows how non-natives pop up in what seem to be unlikely spots. My husband who took the photo, found a patch of the plants out in the woods at Camp Rainey Mountain, a Scout camp, about 1/4 mile south of Lake Taccoa. I did find some posts on gardening sites that indicate the plant is invasive. Although the plant is attractive, as my Mom used to say "Pretty is as pretty does." I'll have my husband add the id and something about it being invasive to his Flickr photo.
Susan, the appreciative non-botanist

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