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Statewide Virtual Meeting!
October 13, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
“Rediscovering the Cultural and Natural Landscape of the Lowcountry in the Footsteps of Our Ancestors”
Celebrate Native Plant Week 2020 with a state-wide SCNPS virtual meeting! In place of an in-person meeting, we will be streaming live on Facebook and Zoom. President Katie Ellis will provide updates about SC Native Plant Society business, followed by Dr. Porcher’s talk (description follows), and then the meeting will conclude with an opportunity for questions and discussion.
The Lowcountry is primarily an anthropocentric landscape, one in which man and nature have created ever since the first European settlement in 1670. Swamps that were cleared to grow rice are now freshwater marshes (see the Cooper River); inland swamps that were dammed to create rice reservoirs harbor today some of the best habitat for wading birds; vast acreage of forests today are secondary forests that reclaimed fields that were abandoned; Native American shell rings, mounds and middens led to a unique plant community that developed on the shell deposits; and many Carolina bays harbor a totally different community than at settlement time. Throughout the natural Lowcountry are abandoned cultural sites that tell us where we came from as a society. Dr. Porcher’s PowerPoint presentation will elucidate this anthropocentric landscape through photographs and commentary.
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