Monthly Archives: March 2013

Meeting Minutes 3/28/2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Meeting began at 9:04 PM Eastern

Board Member Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President – present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President – present
Heather Williams, Secretary – present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer – present
Shane Myers, Head of PR and Education – absent
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation – present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials – present
Yann Rodenas, Member-at-Large – absent
Matt Kaelin, Member-at-Large – absent
Guests: Zuzana, Warren – Welcome!

Business:

  • Fire in the Lakes went really well despite the not so favorable weather. Everyone had a great time and we met a lot of interested people. And Heather got to see carnivorous plants in the wild for the first time!
  • It is almost auction time!! The NASC Benefit Auction 2013 on Terra Forums starts in just a few days on March 30th until April 13th.
  • Mark and The Nature Conservancy will be meeting to talk about poaching problems.

Meeting ended at approximately 10:25 PM

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The 2013 auction beneficiary: Old Dock Savanna, North Carolina

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Old Dock Savanna in need of a burn.
Photo by Mark Todd.

The North American Sarracenia Conservancy is happy to announce that the 2013 auction beneficiary will be Old Dock Savanna in North Carolina.

Old Dock is a longleaf pine marl savanna in the southeast coastal plains of North Carolina that has been owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy since the mid-1990s. The unique geology of the area -- a pine savanna underlain with limestone -- influences the pH, nutrient availability, and kinds of plants that grow in the area. Geologists are only aware of one other marl savanna like this in North Carolina. (Read more about it at this archived TNC link.)

Old Dock Savanna hosts a variety of species that will benefit from our donation: Sarracenia minorSarracenia purpurea, Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula), the rare Carolina grass-of-Parnassus (Parnassia caroliniana), savanna cowbane (Oxypolis ternata), and wireleaf dropseed (Sporobolus teretifolius), among others. Fifty of the 350-plus acres at the site were last successfully burned in 2012 -- the first such prescribed burn during the growing season in six years. Our donation this year will help The Nature Conservancy fund another prescribed burn in 2013 on the acreage not yet covered. This will, of course, help promote a healthy, open savanna for the Sarracenia at Old Dock to ensure that they continue to survive and thrive.

Sarracenia purpurea at Old Dock Savanna. Photo by Mark Todd.
Sarracenia purpurea at Old Dock Savanna. Photo by Mark Todd.
Sarracenia minor at Old Dock Savanna in an area that was probably burned last year. Photo by Mark Todd.
Sarracenia minor at Old Dock Savanna in an area that was probably burned last year. Photo by Mark Todd.

And if you're curious about The Nature Conservancy of North Carolina's Southeast Coastal Plain program, you can find a map of all their 2012 controlled burns and follow their excellent blog, A Place Unlike Any Other, for updates. I, for one, would highly recommend this entry of theirs from August 2012 where they highlighted a controlled burn at Myrtle Head Savanna, a project funded in part by the NASC as a previous auction beneficiary!

Meeting Minutes 3/21/2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Meeting began at 9:06 PM Eastern

Board Member Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President – present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President – present
Heather Williams, Secretary – present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer – present
Shane Myers, Head of PR and Education – absent
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation – present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials – present
Yann Rodenas, Member-at-Large – present
Matt Kaelin, Member-at-Large – absent
Guests: Zuzana, Warren – Welcome!

Business:

  • The official beneficiary of the NASC Benefit Auction 2013 hosted on Terra Forums will be Old Dock, NC.
  • Emily and Ryan talk website issues while the rest of us listen with confused looks on our faces.
  • The group gets excited about Fire on the Lakes Saturday!! If you are around Boiling Spring Lakes, NC come see Mark, Vic, Sheila and Heather!!
  • Mark talks about a rise in poaching in a few areas.

Meeting ended at approximately 10:10 PM

Meeting Minutes 3/14/2013

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Meeting began at 9:06 PM Eastern

Board Member Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President – present
Ryan Kitko, Vice President – present
Heather Williams, Secretary – present
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer – absent
Shane Myers, Head of PR and Education – absent
Mark Todd, Head of Conservation – present
Victor Holland, Administrator of Plant Materials – present
Yann Rodenas, Member-at-Large – present
Matt Kaelin, Member-at-Large – absent
Guests: Warren – Welcome!

Business:

  • The group discussed long and hard about the contenders for beneficiary. We have worked out a plan depending how much is earned from the NASC Benefit Auction 2013 on Terra Forums. It was put to a vote and our primary beneficiary for the Benefit Auction will be Old Dock, NC.

Meeting ended at approximately 10:30 PM

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2013 benefit auction announcement

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The NASC is pleased to announce the 2013 NASC benefit auction will be held this year from Saturday, March 30 to Saturday April 13 on TerraForums.com. This year we have moved the auction dates forward a few weeks to make it easier to ship your winnings - dormant Sarracenia or sensitive highland species.

As usual, we will post links in the near future to our usual operating procedures (otherwise known as the rules) for the auction - chief among them is "have fun!" Then, as we approach March 30, a new subforum on TerraForums will appear just for this event. 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 the 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 other half of the funds collected go directly to the identified beneficiary. Past recipients have included Boiling Spring Lakes, North Carolina (land acquisition); Myrtle Head Savanna, North Carolina (controlled burn); and Splinter Hill bog, Alabama (land acquisition).

We are still waiting to hear back from a few potential beneficiaries on their informal bids to be considered for this year's, but the Board should make its final decision next week and follow up with an announcement.

We're excited for this year's auction - so get your plants ready for donations and be prepared for the amazing plants offered in this event. Whether you're starting out or staking out that rare plant, you'll be able to find something this year.

Good bidding!