The 9th Annual online NASC Benefit Auction is about here. The auction will run from Saturday, April 21, 2012 until Saturday, May 5, 2012.
Auction forum and rules are located at TerraForums, sponsored by FlyTrapShop; a new subforum will appear specifically for the auction, but people are already posting "teasers" on what they plan on donating. For the uninitiated, a quick explanation is that generous donors donate seed, plants, art, or anything else that other users bid on. The final total paid by the bidder goes to NASC and the bidder receives the item. Every year we thank the generosity of our donors for supporting this event as our main source of fundraising to keep our organization running.
The proceeds from this year's auction will be combined with last year's to create maximum impact at the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve, in cooperation with our friends at the Nature Conservancy. This site, on the outskirts of the town of Boiling Spring Lakes, NC, includes many lands immediately threatened by expanding development. The region is home to Dionaea muscipula, Drosera brevifolia, D. capillaris and D. intermedia, Sarracenia flava, S. purpurea and S. rubra, as well as Utricularia inflata and U. purpurea.
Though it already includes nearly 7,000 acres, we're working to connect disjoint portions of the preserve and create a wider perimeter around the most sensitive areas in order to maximize the value of protections the Nature Conservancy provides.
Additional funds could be allocated to a pilot project in the threatened Dulany Bog in Western North Carolina, which is home to one of the southern-most northern subspecies of Sarracenia purpurea. A long-term management plan is in development with the Highlands Biological Research Station, the landowners of the parcel.