June 29 @ AMC Monthly Meeting
Our June speaker will be AMC member Gary Kauffman. The 2016 fall wildfires ravaged the drought-stricken landscape, which has many wondering how will this impact the native flora. How did the intensity of each fire affect the various plant communities in the area? Gary Kauffman will discuss how wildfires affect different plant communities and help or hinder common and rare plant species. Fire has been used as a tool to manipulate the landscape for thousands of years. How does that compare to the recent lengthy wildfire season in the fall of 2016 and winter of 2017?
Gary Kauffman has been the botanist/ecologist program manager for the National Forests in NC since April of 2007. The National Forests in NC cover 1.2 million acres across 4 forests, the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests in the mountains, the Uwharrie NF in the Piedmont, and the Croatan NF in the Coastal Plain. Other duties include planning revision at the forest level, restoration of rare plant populations and rare plant communities, NEPA compliance for forest projects, and review of wildfires. Gary has been with the USFS since 1992 previously filling the Nantahala NF botanist p