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.

Upstate Nursery Fall 2020 Native Plant Sale

The South Carolina Native Plant Society is committed to our core mission of educating the public about the essential role of our heritage native plants in the restoration of the Upstate’s ecosystem. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten public health here in the Upstate; nevertheless, we remain determined to making SC native plants available to our membership and friends. We’re pleased to announce that our annual Fall Sale will be held at our Upstate Native Plant Nursery as it has in the past, with a few innovative twists.

Autumn is the best time of year to plant and this year we have a selection of over 4,000 native species, many of them difficult to find in commercial nurseries. This years collection includes shrubs, perennial wildflowers, vines, ferns, grasses and some trees. We have more native azaleas than we’ve ever offered in past Fall Sales as well as pollinator plants for butterflies and birds, and native plants that flower throughout the growing season.

 

WHY PLANT NATIVES?

If each of us restored even a portion of our property back to native plants, our combined efforts would improve water quality as well as increase habitat for wildlife. Native plants are increasingly desirable for the creation of ‘living landscapes’, making our residential and commercial properties part of a biological corridor by using native plants that evolved with local wildlife and which contribute meaningfully to the food webs that support them. These native plants are ideally adapted to our soils and climate and once established in an appropriate site, generally require less water and maintenance (e.g. fertilizer) than plants from other parts of the world.

 

TWO WAYS to shop and purchase plants this year:

  1. Shop online and pick-up your order at the Upstate Native Nursery.
    • ONLINE ORDERING PROCESS:
    • After browsing the ‘Native Plant Price List’ above, refer to the ‘CONTACT’  information below to place your order by e-mail.
    • Follow the instrutions on the ‘Native Plant Price List’ to prepare your order and we recommend you include the Scientific Name for certainty of species as in some cases we have several different variants in stock. The same for size and quantity.
    • Our Sales Team will receive your request, review available inventory, and respond by sending an estimate. Upon your response to the estimate, an invoice will be prepared using our SQUARE™ app with online payment instructions.
    • Once your payment is received, your order will be scheduled for collection and you’ll be notified as to when and where you can pick up your plants.
  2. Make an appointment to shop our native plant collection in person.
    • SHOPPING IN PERSON:
    • If you’d prefer, a limited number of appointments may be made to visit our Upstate Native Nursery in person. Simply refer to the ‘CONTACT ‘ information below and let us know when you’d like to visit (a range of days/times is helpful) and how many will be in your party.
    • We anticipate having multiple times each week during the sale period to accommodate visitors, and our Sales Team will respond with an appointment date/time within your specified time frame to the best of our ability.
    • Upon your acceptance, your appointment will be confirmed and directions provided. One of our all-volunteer Sales Team will be on-hand to assist you and to process your order at the conclusion of your visit. We’ll accept cash (although no coinage), personal checks, debit and credit cards.

CONTACT:

Kathy Harrington

[email protected]

 

PLANT LIST

Your first step is to familiarize yourself with the available plants by downloading our SCNPS-Upstate 2020 Fall Native Plant List below.

SCNPS 2020 – Fall Price List

If you need help cross-referencing a plant ‘common’ name over to a ‘scientific name’, you can use this handy cross-reference list.

SCNPS Fall 2020 – Cross-Reference List

Please note that the available quantities are not listed and will be subject to change as the sale period progresses, so we recommend acting early.

 

IMPORTANT SALE DATES:

Sunday, September 13th – Friday, September 25th the SCNPS-Upstate Native Nursery will be closed in preparation for the sale.

• Monday, September 21st begin processing electronic orders from the Website

• Saturday, September 26th begin curb-side pick-ups and shopping appointments

• Friday, October 31st cease accepting order via the Website

• Saturday, November 7th terminate the Fall Sale curb-side pick-up program

 

EARLY BIRD – MEMBERSHIP FEATURE:

As always, we are offering early plant sale access to our active members. If you are currently a paid-up member of the South Carolina Native Plant Society (any chapter) your order submitted via the website link will begin processing on Monday, September 21st.

Please indicate your membership status on your order.

All other other orders will begin processing on Wednesday, September 23rd in the order they are received.

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NOT A MEMBER?

You can RENEW your membership at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/renew-membership

You can JOIN online at: https://scnps.org/scnps-membership/join

 

SAFETY:

During visits to the Upstate Native Nursery, our all-volunteer Sales Team will be wearing masks and observing social distancing, and we’ll ask that you do as well. Carts will be made available for moving your plants and you’ll handle the loading yourself to minimize contact.

Certificate in Native Plant Studies – pandemic update

Certificate in Native Plant Studies
PANDEMIC UPDATE:

The South Carolina Native Plant Society and SC Botanical Garden provide a valuable service to our SCNPS mission by providing a SC Native Plant Certification curriculum each year, which many of our membership have taken advantage of in years past.  In addition to the 8 required courses, the program includes over 20 additional elective courses which are taught at the SCBG and across the state throughout year in a combination of classroom lecture and field walks.

Due to the pandemic, the field walks are suspended for the time being; however, we are considering adjusting the format to provide the classroom sessions this fall and then the field portion in the Spring of next year.  Anyone interested in the course is encouraged to reach out to Sue Watts, the program administrator at   watts9 @ clemson.edu  to express interest.

Stay tuned at   https://www.clemson.edu/public/scbg/education/certificate-program.html

For more information, visit  https://scnps.org/education/certificate-in-native-plant-studies

Upstate Zoom Meeting: Native Ferns

Tuesday 7-21 General Meeting via Zoom

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.

 

Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Join us for the Upstate Chapter of the SCNPS program/meeting on July 21, 2020 at 7:00pm. Log in at 6:30 for some socializing. A Zoom invitation will be sent out via Tiny Letter a few days prior to the event. We plan to record this program for later viewing as well. Our presenter will be Rosemarie Knoll of HighFallsPublishing.com. See below for details.

Bio for Rosemarie Knoll

Rosemarie Knoll is the author of 2 local wildflower books. The first book covers wildflowers in DuPont State Forest. The second book covers wildflowers along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in Pisgah National Forest.

Last year, Rosemarie decided to take on a new challenge – learning about our native ferns. As she was going through the learning process, she felt that it may be helpful to others to put together a workshop covering fern basics and the identification of our most common native ferns.

Rosemarie will share some of the fun and interesting facts about our native ferns and fern allies and will discuss the basics of fern identification.

Upstate Meeting via Zoom June 16

The Upstate Chapter program on June 16 at 7pm will be online via Zoom.  Bill Stringer offers a presentation on Fig Buttercup (Ficaria verna), a highly invasive plant that has been found in the Greenville and Rock Hill areas.  Dan Whitten will co-host with Bill.   Enjoy the meeting from the comfort of your own home!

Preparation for the Zoom Meeting

To prepare for the meeting,  download the Zoom application to your computer, laptop, or smartphone.  Please use only Zoom.us as your source to download.  We suggest you download the app well ahead so you won’t be scrambling at the last minute.  Mark the date on your calendar and plan to join in the live Zoom meeting.

How to Join the Meeting

The exact information on how to join the meeting will be sent out in a Tiny Letter on Monday, June 16.  No clue what a Tiny Letter is??  Go to the website at www.scnps.org.  On the home page, on the far right side see the “Receive Our E-mail Updates”.  Enter your email address in the box.  You will begin to receive the updates, which are called Tiny Letters.  They may go to your spam, so be sure to check there.  Tiny Letters arrive from all the five state chapters about their upcoming events, cancellations, plant rescues, etc.  They keep you up to date on the latest news.

If you have not tried out Zoom before, embrace a new experience!  Join in to find out how the Upstate Chapter of SCNPS and local partners have been battling Fig Buttercup, a menace to our streams, rivers, and wetlands.