This Year NASC is giving 50% of the auction proceeds, up to $1500 to The Nature Conservancy for the maintenance of a very special CP site called Myrtle Head Savanna.
So remember when you are bidding that your money not only goes to support NASC, it is also going to keeping the plants healthy in the wild.
Myrtle Head Savanna
Brunswick County, North Carolina is one of the fastest growing counties in the country. Brunswick County is also one of the best places in the world for carnivorous plants. Since you have a county that is developing land at an alarming rate and you also have a biodiversity that is only second to Florida in the United States, it's very important to protect and maintain some of the land. If not, we will lose some things that will never be replaced.
Deep in the swamps of Brunswick County is one of these very special preserves. It's called Myrtle Head Savanna. Myrtle Head Savanna is a seventy -two acre wet long leaf pine savanna. Traditionally it was part of the Green Swamp. It's now owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy purchased Myrtle Head Savanna from Georgia-Pacific Corporation in 1990.
Myrtle Head is home to the largest known population of Cooley's meadowrue, a federally listed endangered plant species. There are less than twenty populations of Cooley's meadowrue left in the world. This site has many rare plants, including wireleaf dropseed, a grass known from only about twenty locations in North and South Carolina and Georgia. The preserve is also home to small populations of other globally rare plants, including Carolina grass-of-Parnassus and pineland plantain, each known from about twenty sites in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida.
The site also has many carnivorous plants. Some of the carnivorous plants that grow at Myrtle Head are Pinguicula lutea, Drosera intermedia, Drosera capillaris, Sarracenia purpurea and Sarracenia flava.
In February 2009 The Nature Conservancy replanted over 500 Sarracenia purpureas that were poached the year before. The Nature Conservancy manages and maintains the land. Using fire, they keep the land open, so the rare and carnivorous plants can grow without competition the way they did before man suppressed the natural fires. This is why NASC decided to use the proceeds from the 2009 auction to help fund the maintenance of this very special savanna.
You can see the pics from this savanna and the replanting here.