NASC...North American Sarracenia Conservancy: What and why?
For those of you who are not familiar with this project, here is a brief outline to get you up to speed.
The North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a multi-pronged goal: to achieve a diversified Sarracenia "national collection" which will ensure that the genetic diversity of Sarracenia will continue; to further education in wetland conservation; and to protect precious wetlands still remaining today so Sarracenia can continue to grow in their native environment.
Visit our website at www.nasarracenia.org .
This auction is an annual benefit event to raise funds for the NASC yearly operation. All proceeds go directly to the NASC treasury and are used solely to further the organization's goals.
This year NASC will be donating 50% of the proceeds (up to a $1,500 cap) to the Wilmington area TNC (The Nature Conservancy) group to maintain the Myrtle Head Savannah location, home to many Sarracenia as well as companion CPs such as Drosera and Pinguicula. This site recently had a restoration of hundreds of poached S. purpureas. NASC's Head of Conservation, Mark Todd (Ozzy) participated in the replanting. This group needs funds to continue to do maintenance such as burns for the health of the site.
When it comes to conservation, many people ask "What can I do to help?" Well here is something simple you can do! Please donate an item to the auction. From beginner plants/seeds to the rare...all item donations are welcome. We need donated items in order to get bids! And of course, the bidding provides us funding.
Check out the auction and have fun!
Thank you for your participation and support.
AND...NASC also is looking for volunteers who can help with education, greenhouse work, field work, web site and other opportunities. We also need a Secretary so we can relieve Jonathan and Arthur from double-duty. We welcome your active involvement! Contact any Board member either here at TF or from our www.nasarracenia.org site!
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy is to serve as a living record of the taxonomic, morphological and genetic diversity of the genus Sarracenia for purposes of conservation and cultivation.
1. To preserve genetic diversity by maintaining a living collection of the genus Sarracenia species and variants.
2. To safeguard genetic lineages of plants for possible future reintroduction into the wild, after plans for such reintroductions and subsequent monitoring are approved by a board of experts from a variety of NGOs, Federal/State Agencies, etc., as appropriate.
3. To further safeguard the maintained genetic diversity by facilitating widespread cultivation, by Sarracenia enthusiasts of all the maintained variants, thereby to better ensure variant survival.
4. To abate poaching by making rare and endangered varieties readily available.
5. To maintain up-to-date, accurate and relevant data to meet or exceed normal scientific standards for the maintenance of plant material.
6. To research Sarracenia variability and traits so as to understand the range of variability requiring conservation.
7. To raise public awareness of Sarracenia and habitat destruction so as to solicit their greater indolent in conservation of the genus and its habitats.
8. To record accurate, up-to-date data on current Sarracenia habitat conditions
9. To make all variants readily available to enthusiasts.