As part of East Georgia State College’s commitment to providing real-world experiences for its students, Taylor Culp, Amber Grimes and Blaine Bellflower, students in the Bachelor of Science in Biology program, visited the Ohoopee Dunes Wildlife Management Area on November 17, 2017 to assist the Department of Natural Resources.
Joined by Dr. David Chevalier, Chair of the Biology Department at EGSC, and Dr. Mincy Moffett, botanist from the Nongame Conservation – Wildlife Resources Division of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the students visited the McLeod Bridge Tract of the Ohoopee Dunes to collect seeds from wild plants, which would then be cultivated on the EGSC campus. The plants will then be used by the DNR for habitat restoration.
"East Georgia State College, a new member to the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), is working to become a propagator of rare plant species for safeguarding, as well as matrix plant species for restoration use by the DNR,” said Dr. Moffett. “The seed collection efforts at the Ohoopee Dunes Wildlife Management Area were an important first step."
The Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance is a non-profit organization which includes state and federal agencies, museums, botanical gardens, universities and plant societies. The goal of the organization is to preserve and propagate endangered plant species. EGSC joined the organization in 2015.
“With the help of the DNR and the GPCA, EGSC is one step closer to becoming a propagation facility for rare plants,” said Dr. Chevalier. “We will combine the propagation of plants with an education project to teach students from local schools about the importance of plant conservation.”
Other GPCA organizations helping EGSC become a propagator of rare plant species are the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Chattahoochee Nature Center and the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. These organizations provide plants and invaluable advice.
- To learn more about the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance, click here!
- For more photos of this event, check out EGSC’s Flickr album here!