Last year our auction raised money for a controlled burn at The Nature Conservancy property in Old Dock NC. Old Dock is an amazing site. Biggest S.minor site in NC. It had some very interesting genetic variations.
I contacted TNC to make arrangements for payment of your donations this week. I was informed that they have a very large grant to cover controlled burns and do not need the money for the burn. So I decided to ask if the money can be better used somewhere else. I was told there was a need for money on botanical surveys and/or TSI (timber stand improvement) work.
Botanical surveys is basically going in and looking for spots with rare species to decide the best areas to do the TSI work.
TSI work is cutting trees and other things including burns to open up the canopy where sites have been overgrown due to lack of natural fires. They have done this to a site called Myrtle Head and it has make opened the site up and now sarracenia are thriving where they were struggling before.
Since I and the NASC board consider the money you donated for the burn at Old Dock, your money we want to let you decide what we do.
I am proposing to redirect the money to TSI work at Old Dock.
Please use this poll for to let us know what you want and also ask any question or make any comment you want about this issue.