FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/ 04/12/11
SOUTHAMPTON- “Fundamentals of Pinelands Field Botany and Vegetation Communities,” a joint program of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and Pinelands Preservation Alliance, will be offered as a 10-week course this summer.
Taught by G. Russell Juelg, land steward for New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the course will appeal to those who enjoy the distinctive flora of the Pine Barrens and want to gain a deeper understanding.The course will include a classroom lecture each Thursday night between June 9 and Aug. 11, plus weekend field trips.
Using popular field guides and technical manuals, the course will focus on how to identify plants in the wild. Special attention will be paid to rarities.
“We will get familiar with essential botanical concepts and termsand apply that understanding to live and preserved plant specimens,” said Juelg, who has taught the course for several years through the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. “We will pay most attention to the most prominent plant families of the Pinelands region. By the end of the course, you should be able to identify the great majority of the plants you encounter in the Pinelands.”
Participants will learn to recognize the major vegetation communitiesof the Pinelands, and will also discuss the protection measures in place for the region’s rarities.
The course is limited to 30 participants. The cost is $150, and must be paid in advance. To download registration and waiver forms, go to www.njconservation.org. For questions, contact Carol Banhart at firstname.lastname@example.org 908-234-1225.
The James C. Rutherford Jr. Scholarship is available to qualifying registrants. The scholarship was established with contributions made to Pinelands Preservation Alliance in memory of Jim Rutherford, a local biologist who was an enthusiastic student of all facets of Pine Barrens ecology, an ardent conservationist, and an attendee of the Special Pinelands Plants courses of 2005, 2006, and 2007.
To apply for the scholarship, please send a letter to: G. Russell Juelg, New Jersey Conservation Foundation, 79 Grassy Lake Road, Shamong, N.J. 08088. Include your full name, address, phone and other contact information. Please provide a brief paragraph explaining why you wish to apply for the scholarship, and whether you are requesting a full or partial scholarship. Preferential consideration will be to full-time students.
2011 Class Schedule:
Classes will be held on 10 consecutive Thursday evenings, 7 to 9 p.m., from June 9 through Aug. 11. These lecture/workshop sessions will be held at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance headquarters at 17 Pemberton Road (Rt. 616 West), Southampton, NJ, 08088.
2011 Field Trip schedule:
Field trips will be at New Jersey Conservation Foundation's Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth, unless otherwise indicated. Dates are:
Sunday, June 12
Saturday, June 18
Sunday, June 26
Saturday, July 2
Sunday, July 10
Saturday, July 16
Sunday, July 24
Saturday, July 30
Sunday, Aug. 7
Saturday, Aug. 13
For more information, call Russell Juelg at (609) 654-6455.
New Jersey Conservation Foundation is a private, member-supported nonprofit that preserves land and natural resources throughout New Jersey for the benefit of all. Since 1960, it has protected more than 120,000 acres of open space - from the Highlands to the Pine Barrens to the Delaware Bayshore, from farms to forests to urban and suburban parks. For more information about the Foundation’s programs and preserves, go to www.njconservation.orgor call 1-888-LAND-SAVE (1-888-526-3728).