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'Rare Plants of Lawrence County' scheduled for Dec. 4

Nov. 29, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

IRONTON -- "Rare Plants of Lawrence County" will be presented by Judy Dumke at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Bowman Auditorium at Ohio University Southern Ironton campus.

Dumke is a Lawrence County resident who has degrees in botany and zoology and is a long-time member of the West Virginia Board of Nature Conservancy. Her free program is sponsored by the Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership and Ironton In Bloom, Inc.

Dumke says Lawrence County is among the better endowed counties within Ohio where botanical richness is concerned. It is not the county with the most rare plants, but better than many. The county is the only known location within Ohio for some of these plants. At least one is on the federal list of rare plants.

"Not all of these plants are pretty, large or striking, which is why they are rare," she said in a news release. "But there is an oak or two on the list, hardly a small plant, and several that are quite attractive."

Dumke will examine the plants, the reasons for their rarity, the history of rare plant records in Ohio and the development and modification of the list. Many of the early listings of rare plants for Ohio included some that are considered common in local gardens now. Participants can learn more about these plants and how to find additional information.

Dumke has lived in Lawrence County on Buffalo Creek for more than 40 years and has spent a lot of that time tramping the hills and hollows looking for plants. She has a bachelor's from Earlham College in biology and a MA from the University of Nebraska in botany/zoology with additional work at the University of Virginia and Kent State. She has served on the West Virginia board of the Nature Conservancy for many years, is active in the West Virginia Native Plant Society where she serves as editor of Native Notes, their newsletter.

In addition, she has served in many capacities in the Engineers Club of Huntington, most recently as chair of the education and scholarship committee.

For more information about the Dec. 4 program, contact Eric Boyda of the Appalachian Ohio Weed Control Partnership at 740-534-6578.

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