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2014 benefit auction announcement

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We're pleased to announce the 2014 NASC benefit auction will be held this year from Saturday, March 29 to Saturday, April 12 on TerraForums.com.

Links for the usual operating procedures (otherwise known as the rules - chief among them is "have fun!") for the auction will be posted shortly. Then, as we approach March 29, a new subforum on TerraForums will appear just for this event. As we noted last year, a quick explanation of the auction follows: 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); Old Dock Savanna, North Carolina (controlled burn); and Tarkiln Bayou Preserve State Park, Florida (equipment replacement).

We are still waiting to hear back from a few potential beneficiaries on their informal bids to be considered for this year's auction, 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!

Meeting Minutes 6/13/2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013
Meeting began at 9:10 PM Eastern

Board Member Attendance Status:

Emily Troiano, President – absent
Ryan Kitko, Vice President – present
Heather Williams, Secretary – absent
Sheila Stewart, Treasurer – absent
Shane Myers, Head of PR and Education – present
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, Zuzana, and Benjamin – Welcome!

Business:

  • On the second auction beneficiary (Tarkiln Bayou State Park in Florida), we have contacted them to let them know of our donation of $750 to their prescribed fire program.
  • Mark has collected a small amount of Venus flytrap seed with the permission of a property owner we work with in North Carolina to help replenish the population of flytraps that were poached from the Stanley Rehder trail at Alderman Park. Vic plans on donating tissue culture plants. Mark and Shane will work on a press release asking for more donations and to announce our assistance in repopulation of the site.
  • Ben and Ryan will work on the website draft, but we need content!

Meeting ended at approximately 10:22 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!

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2013 benefit auction announcement

NASC-auction-2013

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!

Meeting Minutes – 1/31/2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Meeting began at 9:05 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 and Warren – Welcome!

Business:

  • Mark has been exchanging e-mails with another property owner in North Carolina for another potential reintroduction. These would be Sarracenia rubraS. flavaS. purpureaDrosera capillaris, and Dionaea muscipula that we have in our ex-situ conservation program sourced from nearby this location. More information will be available soon as we continue our discussions with the land owner.
  • Vic will look into what needs to be done in order to fulfill a seed request for a member in Australia.
  • A motion was made to amend the growers agreement to bring it in line with our recent conversations on what growers can and cannot do with additional plant propagules after meeting NASC goals. Vic proposed the updated document. After a brief discussion, a vote was taken and it was unanimous to adopt the changes. The updated document will be posted shortly and the changes will be summarized on the main page of our site.
  • A motion was made to nominate Heather Williams as the Secretary to fill the vacant seat. The motion was seconded and Heather accepted the nomination. The motion was put to a vote and passed unanimously by all attending Board members. We welcome Heather Williams and thank her for stepping into the Secretary position! We look forward to working together.

Meeting ended at approximately 10:18 PM