2017 Bog Learning Network Meeting

Registration is open (click this link)!  Our meeting is January 10 and 11, 2017 at the Sherrill Center, in the Mountain View Room at UNC-Asheville.  Directions to UNCA

We did not set up a hotel room block, but the Aloft Downtown Asheville sales manager provided this helpful information: “For those eligible for government rates (January 10 and 11), our General Manager will make sure we have the government rate of $95 available over the dates of your meeting (city view rooms only).  Guests will need to be eligible for the government rate to book it since they will be asked for ID at check in. For those not eligible for government rates, there are AAA rates as well as prepaid rates which are great discounts.”  Hotel reservations are available online or by calling 888-627-7136.

Day 1: Tuesday, January 10th – Noon-5pm

11:30am Doors open
12pm Welcome & housekeeping
12:15-12:45pm Purple Pitchers – Rebecca Hale, PhD & Elise Powell, UNC-Asheville


Henderson County Bog Daylighting Project – Adam Warwick, The Nature Conservancy in NC


SePPCon summary and Rare Plant Safeguarding – Carrie Radcliffe, Atlanta Botanical Garden/Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance
1:45-2:15pm Birds & Pollinators – Sue Cameron, US Fish & Wildlife Service Asheville Field Office




15-minute break
2:30-3pm Bog Turtle Telemetry/Nest Study – Gabrielle Graeter, NC Wildlife Resources Commission and Mike Knoerr, Clemson University
3-3:15pm Shady Valley & Ripshin Bog Turtle Radio Telemetry Goings-on – Michael Ogle, Zoo Knoxville
3:15-3:30pm Project Bog Turtle update – Ann Somers, UNC Greensboro
3:30-4pm Illegal Collection of Bog Wildlife – Sgt. Mark Cagle, NC Wildlife Resources Commission
4-4:15pm 2016 Field Days Report from the Invasive Species Committee – Gary Peeples, US Fish & Wildlife Service Asheville Field Office & Lauren Reker, KD Ecological Services & MountainTrue
4:15-4:45pm Floristic Diversity in Southern Appalachian Bogs and Seeps, with a Focus on Grasses, Sedges and Rare Species – Gary Kauffman, National Forests in North Carolina



Announcements and Adjourn


Room open for networking


6:30pm until – Informally reconvene at Catawba Brewing & Buxton Hall BBQ, 32 Banks Ave. Asheville 28801

-On-site parking available

-Closest public parking garage is on Biltmore Avenue, at Aloft Hotel


Day 2: Wednesday, January 11th – 9:30am-4pm

9am Doors open
9:30am Welcome & housekeeping


Climate Change Forecasts for the Southeast – Ryan Boyles, PhD, USGS Southeast Climate Science Center (virtual presentation)


Climate Change & Implications for Management of Southern Appalachian Bogs – Jennifer Cartwright, PhD, USGS Lower Mississippi- Gulf Water Science Center (virtual presentation)
11-11:15am 15-minute break
11:15-11:45am Soils & the Need to Consider Them in Restoration – Kevin Moorhead, PhD, UNCA
11:45am-12:15pm Hydrology Research at Southern Appalachian Bog Sites – Jeff Wilcox, PhD and Jeannette Calvin, UNCA
12:15-1:30pm Lunch break
1:30-1:45pm Henderson County Bog Hydrologic Restoration Update – Adam Warwick, TNC-NC

Followed by Hydrology Q&A

1:45-2:15pm NRCS Wetland Reserve Easement Program & Quarry Bog Case Study – Gabrielle Lynch, The Nature Conservancy in TN and Charles Kitts, NRCS
2:15-2:30pm Funding & Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge Update – Anita Goetz, US Fish & Wildlife Service Asheville Field Office
2:30-2:45pm Finding GIS Resources – Mark Endries, US Fish & Wildlife Service Asheville Field Office
2:45-3pm 15-minute break
3-3:15pm BLN Guidelines for Monitoring – Lauren Reker, KD Ecological Services & MountainTrue


3:15-3:35pm Rare Plant Monitoring – Lesley Starke, NC Plant Conservation Program
3:35-3:50pm Using Fire at a Clay County Site – Adam Warwick, TNC-NC



Comment Cards & Adjourn


Room open for networking