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April 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Redlair Preserve in the western Piedmont is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia, which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve.

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May 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: How Trees Can Save the World – And What We Can Do to Help

May 13 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Our specific reasons may vary, but we all care about this beautiful planet we call home. Sadly, there is a lot changing here on Earth. There are issues developing that could turn our beloved home into a place that is no longer hospitable for us. There is good news: we have simple (but not easy) solutions we can implement today. We can look to Nature for guidance. What natural processes created planetary conditions favorable to all members of our planet, including humans, mammals, birds, reptiles, and so forth? 

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Monitoring and Management at the Green Swamp Preserve

May 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Learn about how The Nature Conservancy monitors and preserves species like the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), the endangered rough-leaved loosestrife (Lysimachia asperulifolia), and the Venus flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) in the Green Swamp and other preserves.

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June 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Pawpaws and Other Native Tree Fruits

June 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Interest in native tree fruits is growing as people are exploring permaculture, homesteading and a renewed attentiveness to food self-sufficiency. Native fruits have less pest problems and are well-suited to the growing conditions of their bioregion. Mary Jac Brennan will talk about pawpaws, American persimmons, chinquapins, and more in time to prepare your site for fall/winter planting.

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