DON'T FORGET YOUR ENDANGERED PLANT SPECIES
If your Division has Endangered Species sites, have you checked to see if.....
The "DO NOT MOW" signs are still in place?
The mowing pattern stakes are still up?
Maintenance personnel are aware of the sites?
The current mowing contractors are aware of their location?
District Office personnel know where the areas are when permitting encroachments?
Contact Cheryl Knepp, 919-707-6102, for more information
Threatened and Endangered Species of NC
Threatened and endangered plant populations may consist of plant groups located one half mile or more apart. Population numbers are subject to change as new populations are discovered, some die off, and occasionally nearby groups of plants are combined into one population for tracking purposes. The following guidelines shall be used at the identified rare plant locations:
- No mowing April 1-November 15, SITES MAY BE MOWED FROM NOVEMBER 15 - MARCH 31 to prevent woody species encroachment. The rare populations typically grow at the ditch line and are delineated with metal signage. Routine mowing is from the edge of the road to the ditch, and is typically mowed during the growing season for safety or visibility. The area to be avoided during the growing season is from the signs to the back of ditch.
- No herbicides, no fertilizers (exceptions can be made for herbicides under special circumstances and should be discussed with Roadside Environmental Unit and Environmental Analysis Unit prior to use).
- Mowing should not be conducted when the soil is wet, as compaction and rutting will occur and could change the hydrology of the rare site conditions.
- Prior to entering the site, mowers and equipment should be cleaned off, removing any accumulated vegetative debris that contains weed seeds.