Upstate Jan 18 work morning cancelled

Sorry to announce, but the the Saturday work morning at Blackwell HP is cancelled, again, due to cold and wet weather predicted for Saturday. We will reschedule at a later date when the weather forecast is good. Thank you to all who responded for this project. Please keep your eye out for a future Tiny Letter with the new date. This is important work and we want to give the Bunched Arrowhead a fighting chance against the Privet and other invasive plants.

Upstate Blackwell HP work morning RESCHEDULED

NEW DATE

Due to the very wet weather prediction for this coming Saturday, the Blackwell HP work morning has been postponed to the following Saturday, January 18.  All other information remains the same, as you can see below.
We hope you will come out on this new date to pull, pummel, and pulverize some Privet!  The Bunched Arrowhead will appreciate you for “taking out” the non-native competition.

THE DETAILS REMAIN THE SAME

NPS along with and Naturaland Trust is holding a work morning to remove invasive plants (Privet mostly) from a newly acquired addition to Blackwell Heritage Preserve near Travelers Rest.  The new property contains two federally protected plant species. It was saved from development through cumulative collaborative efforts by Upstate Forever, the Southern Environmental Law Center, SC Native Plant Society, Greenville County, Naturaland Trust, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Trust Program of the SC Department of Natural Resources.  (Details at https://www.upstateforever.org/news/ultrarare-plant-habitat-protected-in-travelers-rest)  Thanks also to local residents who raised the alarm about the proposed development and the harm it threatened to the Preserve and the surrounding community.  They joined with conservation groups to fight the proposed development.

The work morning is now Saturday, January 18, 9am to no later than Noon.  Wear long sleeves and long pants.  There is poison ivy on the site.  Wear gloves, bring shovels or mattocks as we will be pulling up and digging up privet.  Some of the ground is damp, so wear shoes or boots that you can get muddy.

DIRECTIONS

Directions:  From Greenville and points south:  Head up Poinsett Highway towards Travelers Rest and take Highway 25 north.   Just as you leave the Travelers Rest business district, turn right on Blue Ridge Drive. Continue up Blue Ridge Drive.  The parking area will be on the left in the pasture on the Heritage Trust property, marked with blue paint on the trees on the left side of the road.

From north of Travelers Rest:  take Highway 25 south and turn left on Blue Ridge Drive, before entering the Travelers Rest business district.  Then follow directions above.

To sign-up for the work party and receive any last-minute information, please contact Virginia Meador at [email protected]

Upstate Meeting: To the West and Back

Upstate Program, Tuesday, Jan 21.  Join Dan and Sherrie Whitten as they take us:

To the West and Back – A Journey that Surpassed All Expectations!

Lewis & Clark and the Corps of Discovery? Well, uh, no, not that one. The journey we’ll hear about is a tad more recent, but it too was fueled by a quest for knowledge and filled with the thrill of discovery.

In 2019 Dan and Sherrie Whitten traveled through several western states, hiking, looking and learning.

 

There’s much plant life in the West that is totally unlike that of our lush green southern mountains and adjacent gentle hills, but there are a surprising number of plants that are jarringly similar.

For instance, Maianthemum stellatum / Smilacina stellata (Starry Solomon’s Plume, Starflower, or – the name that says it all! – Star-flowered False Solomon’s Seal)

is immediately recognizable. But wait… and you bring up in your mind’s eye an image of the plant you’re more familiar with, and ponder the ways in which the

two species differ: The western Starflower’s flowers are fewer, larger, and more star-like than those of our familiar False Solomon’s Seal / Eastern Solomon’s Plume (M. racemosum / S. racemosa), and they are borne in a raceme not a many-branched panicle.

Erythronium grandiflorum (Glacier Lily) is another look-alike. At first glance Glacier Lily looks like a robust version of our delicate Trout Lily (E. umbilicatum), but look close! Its leaves are not mottled and its flowers don’t have the purple backing. About it, Flora of North America says “This beautiful species is often very abundant in mountain meadows of western North America, especially in the Rocky Mountains, where it may form spectacular displays.”

Dan and Sherrie Whitten are both Master Naturalists as well as being active SCNPS members. If you’ve been on a field trip with them you can attest to their keen powers of observation, and it will be a pleasure to see western flora through their eyes!

Dan is a Past President and frequent field trip leader of SCNPS’s Upstate Chapter, Past President of the Upstate Master Naturalist Association, an instructor in the South Carolina Native Plants Certificate program, and tour boat captain with Jocassee Lake Tours. Sherrie is President of Friends of Jocassee and Past President of the Upstate Master Naturalist Association.

The program will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at the Landrum Depot, 211 S 562, Landrum, SC 29356.  It begins at 7pm.  Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.

Privet Pull at Blackwell HP Jan 11, 2020

Blackwell Heritage Preserve Work Morning Scheduled

NPS along with and Naturaland Trust is holding a work morning to remove invasive plants (Privet mostly) for a newly acquired addition to Blackwell Heritage Preserve near Travelers Rest.  The new property contains two federally protected plant species. It was saved from development through cumulative collaborative efforts by Upstate Forever, the Southern Environmental Law Center, SC Native Plant Society, Greenville County, Naturaland Trust, the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Heritage Trust Program of the SC Department of Natural Resources.  (Details at https://www.upstateforever.org/news/ultrarare-plant-habitat-protected-in-travelers-rest)  Thanks also to local residents who raised the alarm about the proposed development and the harm it threatened to the Preserve and the surrounding community.  They joined with conservation groups to fight the proposed development.

 

The work morning will be Saturday, January 11, 9am to no later than Noon.  Wear long sleeves and long pants.  There is poison ivy on the site.  Wear gloves, bring shovels or mattocks as we will be pulling up and digging up privet.  Some of the ground is damp, so wear shoes or boots that you can get muddy.

Directions:  From Greenville and points south:  Head up Poinsett Highway towards Travelers Rest; take Highway 25 north;, right as you leave the Travelers Rest business district, turn right on Blue Ridge Drive. Continue up Blue Ridge Drive.  The parking area will be on the left in the pasture on the Heritage Trust property, marked with blue paint on the trees on the left side of the road.

From north of Travelers Rest:  take Highway 25 south and turn left on Blue Ridge Drive, before entering the Travelers Rest business district.  Then follow directions above.

To sign-up for the work party and receive any last-minute information, please contact Virginia Meador at [email protected]

Upstate Holiday Party

Let us make merry and enjoy an evening of good fellowship with SCNPS friends.  Join the Upstate chapter on Tuesday, Dec. 10  (not the usual meeting night) at 7pm.  Everyone will bring finger food to share.  NPS will have the beverages.  The fun starts at 7pm at Camperdown Academy at 65 Verdae Commons Drive, Greenville.   Verdae Commons Dr. is opposite Henderson Road at Laurens Rd and across from Bradshaw Mazda. (Please note the address is Verdae Commons Dr., not Verdae Blvd.) From Laurens Road, turn onto Verdae Commons Drive at the stop light at Henderson/Verdae Commons Roads. Follow Verdae Commons about 1/8 mile to the school on the left side.

The book table will be there along with friends old and not-yet-made.

You are also invited to bring a “mystery” seed, seed pod or other native plant part for others to try to identify.  Please mount your item on a cardboard, paper or other backing.  Attach a piece of folded over paper.  On the inside of the fold, give the common and scientific name of the native plant and also your name.  This is not a contest, but it will be fun to see how many you can ID!

Come out to help celebrate the season.  Hope to see you there.

Field Trip to Station Cove Falls

Saturday, March 23  8am to 2pm     Leaders:  Rick Huffman and Dan Whitten

Join Rick and Dan on this 3/4 mile easy trek into Sumpter National Forest.  Station Cove Falls is the premier cove forest habitat in the Upstate to see Spring ephemerals. such at Trilliums, Mayapples, and much more.  A grand reward at the trail’s end is Station Cove Falls!

Rick Huffman says,

“Station Cove Falls (also called Oconee Station Falls) is an ancient, timeless place where geology and plate tectonics have shaped and formed this land into what we see today.  Each year the pilgrimage begins early in February and March to see the promise of a rich bounty of botanical treasures.

Few realize how botanically old this place is or understand the role of amphibolite (Mineral) plays in making this a botanical wonderland. Some have said it’s the best Cove Forest habitat on the Eastern Seaboard, some in authority have claimed this place to be the most ancient place for plants on the planet.  From Blood Root, Trilliums, Mayapple, Violets, Rue Anemone, Hepatica and wood betony, we find ourselves in reverence of this place. We find salvation from our urban hectic lives and we feel at home. I have called this place ‘The Church’. It’s where I go to find that peace, that serenity, the sense of promise and renewal.  The SCNPS has long held this place sacred and we go there on March 23rd to experience the wonders of creation and of time and place. Joins us as we make the journey back in time to find our peace today.”

You don’t want to miss this trip!!  The outing will also include a excursion along the Estatoe at Nine Times Nature Preserve to view many more spring wildflowers.

Meet at 8am at Holly Springs Store, 6491 SC-11, Pickens, SC 29671, at the intersection of Hwy. 11 and SC 178.   Bring water, lunch/snacks and dress in field clothing and hiking or sturdy walking shoes.  A hiking stick is optional.

To sign up contact Rick Huffman at : <[email protected]>or call (864) 901-7583.  Please include a cell phone number for last minute information.  Please include the number in your party, whether or not you are willing to be a driver for carpooling, and how many riders you could accommodate.

Upstate Meeting: Sustainable Landscaping with Rick Huffman

On Tuesday, January 15 at 7:00pm at Landrum Depot in Landrum, SC, Rick Huffman will speak on Sustainable Landscape Applications and Applied Ecology. Rick Huffman is principal and founder of Earth Design Inc. with over 30 years of experience in, landscape design, horticulture, bio-engineering, and ecology.  Come out an learn how to apply the principles of sustainable landscaping to your property.  There is a way to retire the lawn mower, avoid expensive polluting fertilizers, and build a beautiful sustainable landscape on your property.

The program is free and open to the public.   Arrive at 6:30 for socializing and refreshments.  Landrum Depot is at 211 S 562, Landrum, SC 29356.

Upstate Native Plant Sale, April 22

The Native Plant Society Upstate Spring Native Plant Sale is just 10 days away on Saturday, April 22.
The sale runs from 9am to 1pm at Conestee Park, 840 Mauldin Road in Greenville.  There is a good selection of native trees, shrubs, perennial wildflowers, ferns, and vines, and a few grasses.

On the SCNPS website you can now find a list of the plants that will be available.  Go to www.scnps.org.  Click on Activities/calendar.  The go to April 22 and click on the sale.  There you will find all the details about the sale including a link to the inventory list.  Here is a link to take you directly to the page:    https://scnps.org/event/upstate-native-plant-sale-2017.  Check out the inventory and make a list of plants you want for YOUR property.  This list does NOT include what our guest vendors will have.

Seven guest vendors will be on hand with their plants and plant products.  They are Carnivorous Plants  (Jeff Miller), Carolina Wild (Greg and Christina Bruner), Earthen organics (Kristen Beigay), Natives, By George (Betsy George), Natives Plus Nursery (Richard Davis), Natures Organics (David Senn), and Wildside Garden (Joe Townsend).

There will be advisors on hand to help you select plants.  We will also have a table of wonderful books about native plants and gardening with them.   Dr. Jan Haldeman will be there to discuss the issues of exotic invasive plants and to show samples.  Check, cash and credit cards are accepted.

Conestee Park is just a three minute drive south from the Mauldin Road exit from I-85.  It is near the old Braves Stadium.

 

Upstate: Nominations for Board of Directors

The Nominating Committee of the Upstate Chapter of SC NPS has proposed the following slate of Board members, whose term of office would begin on January 1, 2017:

President           Dan Whitten
Vice President   Virginia Meador
Secretary            Susan Lochridge
Treasurer            Jim Corey

According to the Upstate Chapter Bylaws, nominations may be submitted from the general membership through October 31, 2016.  If no other nominations are received from the general membership, the slate of officers presented by the nominating committee will be declared elected on November 1, 2017.  Nominations may be submitted to [email protected] or 864-578-7807.

Nominating Committee:
Bill Sharpton, Chairman
Steve Holding
Cheryl Holding
Ron Crowley