Carbon Landscaping

an essay by Doug Lockard

“Human activity is driving climate change.  If we want to mitigate the worst impacts, it’s going to take a deliberate focus on finding ways to further remove greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.”  Colm Sweeney, NOAA’s Global Monitoring Laboratory

NOAA announced recently that carbon dioxide in our atmosphere was recorded at a record-high 421 ppm; about 50% higher than prior to the Industrial Revolution.  In fact, they reported, the level of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere is now higher than it has been in at least 3.6 million years.

Because soil holds four times the amount of carbon stored in the atmosphere, how we use the land under our care will determine how well it sequesters carbon.  Good land stewardship practices that include deep-rooted perennials, woody plants and trees will help sequester carbon in the soil.  Native plants are ideal for this purpose as they have the best chance of thriving and long-life in our ecosystems without chemicals or irrigation. 

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Join the Upstate Communications Team

Communications are key to achieving the goals of the SCNPS:

  • To Educate and inform the importance of native plants
  • To support efforts to protect habitats and endangered species
  • To encourage the use of native plants in public and private landscaping
  • To promote the commercial availability of native plant materials

Several positions have opened up in our Upstate Communications Team and we’re looking for a variety of skill sets to contribute to this important program.

Publicity Chair:  Due to Covid 19 we are currently without a Publicity Chair on the Board of Directors.  This is a great opportunity for someone who wants to help convey the important conservation message to the Upstate community and keep our friends abreast of SCNPS Upstate activities.  The job involves developing relationships volunteer writers and photographers to create meaningful and timely articles, and orchestrating the distribution by the various media outlets including press releases, e-mail notices, newsletter, social media, and print.  There’s plenty of room for growth and innovation.  Let your communication skills and creativity take wing and realize the satisfaction of making an exponentially beneficial impact on your community!.

Newsletter Editor:  Keith Manchester has been our Editor of the printed newsletter ‘Upstate Happenings’ for the past 10 months and we appreciate his willingness to take on and learn the job.  Keith has a new paying job which he needs to focus his time and energy so he’ll be leaving us after the December newsletter. We’re sorry to see him go, but grateful for his contribution and we wish him well in his new endeavors.  We all do what we can, and now it’s time for someone else’s turn!

More Opportunities:  The two important positions above are considered key to the Upstate Media Team, but other talents and contributions are needed.   Other skill sets that would complement the Upstate Media Team would include an assistant editor for the newsletter, a new social media editor, a graphic artist, an Upstate website editor, a photo/video editor, just for example.  Experience in a variety of software platforms would also be helpful, and we’re currently utilizing WordPress, InDesign, MailChimp, Squarespace, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Keith and others are here to help you get started.  Remember; it’s not about how much time you have, it’s about how you can help with the time you do have.

We hope to have piqued your interest, and if so, please contact our Upstate Chapter President Virginia Meador to discuss.

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Upstate Zoom Meeting Tues. Nov. 17

Upstate General Meeting with Helen Mohr

Where:  Zoom Virtual Meeting
When:  Tuesday Nov 17, 2020 from 6:30pm 
Our speaker for November’s meeting is Helen Mohr, M.S., and she will present, “Fire in the South Carolina Mountains, Past, Present and Future”.  Helen is a Forester with the U.S. Forest Service, Southern Research Station at Clemson, and the Director of the Consortium of Appalachian Fire Managers and Scientists.  She and her student-led fire crew were recently featured in Clemson World in the article “Fire Tiger”. She has many years of experience working with fire as a firefighter, researcher, communicator and mentor.
Helen just returned from a 3-week stint fighting fires out in Colorado while spending nights in a tent! Here in South Carolina, she is an expert on using fire to benefit forests with controlled burns. During her talk, Helen will discuss fire ecology with an overview of prescribed fire in the SC mountains.
ZOOM LINK:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82305733563?pwd=NS9hNDM5ZFkzZGxoR0l2eWp3QjJ5QT09

Meeting ID: 823 0573 3563
Passcode: 087244

Join the meeting at 6:30 for some Zoom social time.  The program will start at 7pm.

SCNPS Upstate Chapter October Meeting

Author Pam Shucker will present our online program in October featuring a new book she and Bill Robertson recently published: “Round About Greenville and the Carolina Blue Ridge”.

Pam and Bill are both members of the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS and also worked with our Upstate board member Janie Marlow who designed the book.

The invitation and link to the program will be sent out via Tiny Letter and the new upstate E-News the week of the event.  Upstate members are already receiving weekly E-News articles.  If you have not seen them, please check your spam folder for these timely and interesting articles.

Here’s the Zoom invitation:

Topic: SCNPS Upstate Program
Time: Oct 20, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting:

“Wild Plants on the Rabbit” has been updated!

In Fall 2020, a 2nd edition was published, featuring an expanded map that includes the proposed Trail extension along the Laurens Road corridor and showcasing a few more plants!

SCNPS is pleased to announce
a 2nd edition of the popular
“Wild Plants on the Rabbit” —

SCNPS announces the second edition of “Wild Plants on the Rabbit”, a pocket-sized brochure showcasing native and naturalized plants on the highly acclaimed Prisma Swamp Rabbit Trail. In addition to a few more plants, the revised brochure’s map includes the proposed Laurens Road corridor extension.

The 20-mile Trail allows people to get up close and personal with plants outside a cultivated setting. A common misconception is that a plant growing “wild” must be native to this area, but many exotic plants have established themselves along the Trail.

The brochure features over 100 trees, shrubs, grasses, ferns and wildflowers, with a photograph and a short description. SCNPS encourages people to use Wild Plants on the Rabbit as a checklist, checking off plants as they see them. Sharp eyes may spot Beardtongue, Trillium, Bloodroot, Devil’s Walkingstick, Cardinal Flower, Swamp Milkweed, Downy Lobelia, various Sunflowers, and even the small white flowers of the globally rare, federally protected Bunched Arrowhead!

Almost 400 species have been documented on the Trail. Visit https://SCNPS.org/swamprabbit for links to this more complete inventory and to submit photos for identification.

Wild Plants on the Rabbit brochures are free and available at Upstate Chapter events and at other outlets listed here — https://scnps.org/swamprabbit#a_outlets

A big thank you to our sponsors,
who help make projects like this possible!

 

The Importance of Native Trees

Furman University, Photo by Doug Lockard

By: Doug Lockard

You don’t have to be a tree-hugger to appreciate the benefit of trees.  Just look at the children, the birds, and the butterflies.  I always pause to consider the expression ‘preserving our way of life’ and how relevant that is when speaking of the conservation mission of the SCNPS and so many other great organizations.  Trees are quite literally a part of our ‘way-of-life’.  We humans and the wildlife so necessary to our own existence are imperiled hand-in-glove with that of our tree population.

Most of us are aware today that the incredibly rapid economic growth in the world, and that however unwittingly or unintentioned, that development has and continues to seriously degrade the earth’s capacity to sustain its plants and animals.  In doing so, we threaten our own well-being today and our children’s future.

This essay then, addresses the question we so often ask ourselves; “What can I do?”.

To read more visit: https://scnps.org/education/homeowners/the-importance-of-native-trees