In this class participants will gain an appreciation of the diverse native grass flora here in the Southern Appalachians with an emphasis on western North Carolina. Gary Kauffman will discuss the natural communities in which grasses occur and provide specimens of common native grasses to help differentiate species and identify key characteristics. Participants will learn which species are suitable for gardens as well as disturbed areas. Books about grass and related floras will be provided for student perusal. Gary Kauffman has been the botanist/ecologist program manager for the National Forests in North Carolina since April of 2007. The National Forests in North Carolina cover 1.2 million acres across 4 forests, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in the mountains, the Uwharrie National Forest in the Piedmont, and the Croatan National Forest in the Coastal Plain. Since 2002 Gary has coordinated the invasive plant program across the 4 forests, and he continues to serve as the Forest Botanical Products Specialist. Other duties include planning revision at the forest level, restoration of rare plant populations and rare plant communities, and NEPA compliance for forest projects. Gary has a master’s degree in botany/mycology, and has been with the USFS since 1992.
Participants must pre-register and pre-pay for classes. Please call 828-252-5190 or stop by when the Visitor Center is open (10 to 4 Monday - Saturday, noon to 4 Sunday). Cost for the workshop is $15 for BGA members, $20 for non-members. Limited to 30.