Come join me at 4:00 this afternoon October 29, 2017 to help me look for one of the rarest trees in South Carolina: the Bluff Oak (Quercus austrina). I documented one population of this plant on Sams Point Rd, between Oyster Factory Rd. and Wallace Rd. This is/was the only documented population of Bluff Oak on Lady’s Island. This has been under destruction (not a typo) for some time now. We are going to find out if they are still there. Earlier this week, Lucas High of the Island Packet, asked me about this population. He asked if I had pictures of the trees. I don’t and my camera is not working well. So, I would like your help to get pictures to send him. After you learn how to identify this tree, maybe you can help me other Bluff Oaks. I hope that we can still find them, and if so, the builders could be convinced to keep them and manage them so that they will continue to grow there for decades to come.
There are also several other locally rare species. there as well. I will point out the plants that I see. Please ask me about plants that I point out. Ask me whatever questions you have about the plants that we see. The Unitarian Universalist Church is directly across the street from the destruction site. They are graciously allowing us to use their parking lot during the field trip. I want as many people to come as possible. I don’t want money to be an issue so I am not charging for this field trip. Donations to continue my conservation will be graciously accepted.
I hope to see you there. Thank you!
Daniel C. Payne