The Gypsy Moth is Here!

By PLC Stewardship Director Ken Bridle. Native to North Africa, Europe and Asia, but invasive here, the gypsy moth, Lymantria dispar, is one of the most destructive pests of hardwood forests in the eastern US. The gypsy moth originally escaped from a silkworm breeding operation in Medford, Massachusetts in 1869, and has since been spreading and causing infestations throughout the northeastern US, adjacent Canada and more recently the Midwest. That spreading invasion is now on our doorstep. Humans inadvertently aid in the spread of gypsy moths because female moths like ...

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Guest Post from Legal Intern, Nicole DiBartolo

My passion for the environment and nature started at a very young age. My parents joke that it all started when they took me to see Chicken Run, a movie about chickens that were trying to escape a farm after they found out they were being fattened to be made into chicken pot pies, and I decided to become a vegetarian because I no longer wanted to eat animals. It wasn’t necessarily the movie that spurred my becoming a vegetarian, but the fact that the night we saw the movie my dad decided to pick up chicken for dinner and I couldn’t help but imagine that dinner was the ...

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For the Love of the Land

by Barbara Haralson, PLC Hiker and Guest Blogger - I am not comfortable asking friends for donations, nor have I ever enjoyed hosting those parties where guests are expected to buy merchandise, so I went into the Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-a-Thon with some reluctance.   I loved the idea of raising money for such an important organization, and I was excited to meet other people who enjoy hiking; it was just the fund raising part that concerned me.  Finally, I made the decision that I would raffle off a high end bird feeder in my retail store, Wild Birds Unlimited, ...

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To Give or Not to Give: There Really Is No Question

by Greg Keener, PLC Development Director - Let’s get this out of the way first: I’m not an accountant, though I’m thrilled to have several in my extended family. I’m not a legal expert, I trust my PLC colleagues with legal degrees on such topics. When you consider the above you might determine I’m not the most qualified person to share insights on the recently approved changes in the tax law. And you would be correct. But, as a nonprofit professional for close to 15 years, I can share my reflections on what it will mean for our industry and your ...

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North Carolina Biodiversity Project

by PLC Stewardship Director, Ken Bridle - Ever wonder where to ask about the plants and animals that live in your neighborhood?  How would you like to have information at your fingertip about lesser-known groups like marine fish, moths and grasshoppers? A new website is available to all biologists and nature lovers -- an umbrella website called the North Carolina Biodiversity Project, which serves as the home for a number of existing websites on taxonomic groups of animals found in North Carolina, as well as a home for lists/checklists of a large number of taxonomic ...

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Cycling and Landscapes

By PLC Conservation Planner, Palmer McIntyre — I have always loved to ride my bicycle and spent many miles in the saddle during my 20s, riding the length of Vermont, down the coast of California, commuting to work in Washington DC, across North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But since then life pulled me in other directions (jobs, graduate school, children) and the dust accumulated on my old Cannondale as it sat in my garage. As I approached my 50th birthday, I wanted to do something physically challenging, just to prove I still could. And I thought a ...

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Summer Fun, Outdoors!

By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell — As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside? Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, ...

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Greetings from PLC’s Newest StaffMember

By PLC Land Protection Associate, Josh Horton-Campbell — As a child, I was more impressed by feats of human ingenuity than by the wonders of nature. I grew up on a 12 acre historic farm property located in the former margin between the suburbia of Philadelphia and the open fields of Amish country. The property was bordered on one side by the lovely and strong-flowing Shamona Creek, which, at the corner of our land, ran under an ancient stone bridge into a deep pool and then a wetland. However, I was a bookworm, a tinkerer, and a bit of a homebody given my strong ...

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April Flowers

This time of year when the landscape is waking up from its winter slumber and bursting forth with a vast array of blooms and warmer temperatures, we all want to soak up as much of it as we can, especially the ephemeral wildflowers whose splendor is all too brief! Piedmont Land Conservancy wants you to have the opportunity to fill your senses with the abundant collection of some very special wildflowers found at the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve in Winston-Salem. On Saturday, April 8th, PLC is hosting Open Garden Day at the Preserve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ...

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Practical Work for Lawyers

By PLC Legal Intern Mike Casterlow: A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity that many law students very rarely get to experience during an internship: I left the office to explore the outside world. Specifically, I went to visit a piece of property on which PLC has proposed to place an easement. I went along with the executive director, the stewardship director, and a board member to view the property and decide the boundaries of the easement. In law school, it can be easy to forget that there is a world beyond the casebooks and memos. Many of my fellow law students ...

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