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

Native Hikes Project

By: Doug Lockard

There are many wonderful trees native to our ecosystems here in South Carolina, and as such, are beneficial to the wildlife that evolved her alongside them.  This list below is compliments of the US Forestry Service here in our state.  These trees, if propertly planted, will very likely live longer, require less maintenance, and bring more benefit than the wide variety of non-native trees available commercially here.

White Turtlehead, Photo by Janie Marlow

My wife Patty and I love to hike at Paris Mountain State Park.  It’s close by and affords great cardio exercise in a beautiful setting.  We hike all the trails throughout the year, but our favorite is a combination we call the ‘Mutt Trail’.  It links four trail sections beginning in the upper parking lot, then proceeding north on the Brissy Ridge trail, then west at the intersection with Kanuga, and then south for a short piece on the Fire Tower Trail, and the last (and downhill) leg on Sulphur Springs back to the parking lot.  It’s about 3.3 miles with a gradient of only 195 feet (mostly on the second leg) and the signage is easy to follow. Because this trail combination is a virtual circle you get to experience a nice range of plant communities with their corresponding native plants that thrive in each.

Over the month of August, I began experimenting with a new picture identification phone app called ‘Picture This’ while hiking the Mutt Trail and I recorded over 75 native species with reasonable confidence.  It occurred to me that with a little help from others, we could map more trails throughout the Upstate with seasonal updates as part of an anecdotal observation project.  There are other plant identification aps we could also experiment with as part of the same project and compare notes on these as well.  If anyone is interested in this project, drop me a line at [email protected].  

To learn more visit: https://scnps.org/activities/native-hikes-project

Upstate meeting Oct 20 via zoom

SCNPS Program  Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 7pm via Zoom

Pam Shucker and Bill Robertson will present our online program in October on their recently published book “Round About Greenville and the Carolina Blue Ridge”.  Bill Robertson is a professional nature photographer whose works appear in many businesses of the upstate and quite a few homes as well.  Pam’s writing tells of how nature is so healing to the body and uplifting to the spirit.  Not only will you enjoy reading through this book, but also you will come back to it many times as a reference and as a refresher.

 

“With Round About Greenville and the Carolina Blue Ridge Pam and Bill have distilled why so many of us love the Upstate area and are proud to call this place our home.  The photographs are superb, the writing is thoughtful, and the resulting impression of our area confirms its reputation as the crown jewel of South Carolina.”

-Jonathan Welsh, Owner, Appalachian Outfitters SC Inc.

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 the week of the event.  Be sure to sign up for Tiny Letter announcements on SCNPS.org if you are not already receiving these notifications.

Lowcountry: Plant Sale Pre-order List

Here is the list of available plants for members only to pre-order for the fall plant sale.  Place your order by emailing Eddie Bernard at [email protected]  Please put “Fall Native Plant Order” in the subject line, and include your full name and phone number in the message.

For each plant ordered be sure to include:

  • Name of plant
  • Size of pot
  • Quantity

There is a minimum of 10 plants per order, and a maximum of 25 plants per order.

Note, quantities are not guaranteed.  Orders will be filled on a first come, first-served basis.

Orders must be placed between September 12-19.

Orders may be picked up

  • Friday October 16 from 12:00 -2:00 pm
  • Saturday October 17 from 9:00 -11:00 am

If you cannot pick up plants during one of these times, please do not place an order.

To pay for plants, please bring a check made out to SCNPS for the total confirmed cost.