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From ‘Sangers to Sochan: Plant Gathering in the Southern Appalachian National Parks with Maria Dunlavey – Naturalist Journeys Online Presentation Series

December 9, 2020 @ 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

From ‘Sangers to Sochan: Plant gathering in the Southern Appalachian National Parks
Presented by Maria Dunlavey
December 9th | 7 – 8 PM (Eastern)
Free | Live via ZOOM:

In the botanical wonderland of the Southern Appalachians, plant poaching is a very real threat. It’s also a reflection of how important plants are to the people who live here — providing food, medicine, and income, not to mention cultural connection and belonging, for everyone ranging from the Cherokee to white settlers to newly arrived immigrants. But overharvest threatens to wipe out some species, like ginseng and ramps, even on the protected landscapes of the national parks. How can the parks keep their plant populations safe? And is there any role for cultural harvest inside their boundaries?

About the Presenter

Maria Dunlavey, a 2018 graduate of the UVM Field Naturalist Program, has worked to stop plant gathering in Shenandoah National Park and enable it in the Great Smoky Mountains. She currently works as the Conservation Outreach Coordinator for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

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December 9, 2020
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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