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The Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education is planning a special event Saturday, June 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the center.

The title of the program is “The Ecology of Southern Appalachian Wildflowers” with Dr. Tim Spira, a 45-minute presentation followed by questions and discussion, and then a book signing and wildflower walk.

Tim Spira is a plant ecologist, photographer, native plant gardener, and professor of botany at Clemson University where he teaches courses in field botany, plant ecology, and the natural history of wildflowers.

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The Zahner Lecture Series, held every summer, has been a tradition of the Highlands Biological Station for decades. This summer, the Highlands Biological Foundation is introducing new events and programs to the Thursday series in addition to our traditional Zahner Lectures – such as workshops, family events, and guided interpretive hikes - that focus on the beauty and biodiversity of the Highlands Plateau.

“Think About Thursdays” will kick-off on June 2, at 6 p.m. with “Salamander Soiree.” The event will feature a reception and games, followed by a brief lecture about salamanders.

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Farmers and ranchers transitioning to organic as well as established organic producers have another opportunity to apply for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) Organic Initiative funding to assist their organic efforts. The deadline for this application period is May 20, 2011.

The USDA recently announced that they will, for the third consecutive year, invest $50 million in funding for the EQIP Organic Initiative, which provides a 75% share of the cost of implementing organic conservation measures to those who qualify - 90% for beginning, limitedresource and socially-disadvantaged farmers and ranchers.

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation is accepting nominations through May 31, 2011 for Conservation Achievement Awards.

These awards honor individuals, governmental bodies, associations and others who have exhibited an unwavering commitment to conservation in North Carolina. By recognizing, publicizing and honoring these conservation leaders — young and old, professional and volunteer — the North Carolina Wildlife Federation hopes to inspire all North Carolinians to take a more active role in protecting the natural resources of our state.

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