Maine’s Rarest Plants: Merryspring Webinar with Don Cameron

Botanist Don Cameron will host a presentation on Maine’s rarest plants and the Maine Natural Areas Program’s role in protecting them in an online webinar hosted by Merryspring Nature Center on Tuesday, March 8 at 12 p.m.

The Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP) serves the citizens of Maine as the most comprehensive source on significant natural features in the state of Maine. Housed within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, MNAP lists lands that are home to rare and endangered plants, rare natural communities and ecosystems, as well as outstanding examples of communities and more common natural ecosystems.

In this presentation, botanist and conservationist Don Cameron will talk about MNAP’s mission, how MNAP facilitates informed decision-making, and some of Maine’s most special, unique, and endangered plants.

Cameron works as a botanist and ecologist with responsibilities that include conducting field inventories of rare and exemplary natural habitats and rare plants, maintaining Maine’s official list of threatened and endangered plants, monitoring and research of federally listed plant species. It provides technical assistance to conservation organizations, forestry companies and public land managers.

Cameron has extensive experience in Maine and has worked on projects ranging from documenting Maine’s subalpine forests to floristic assessments of lakes and the development of botanical field guides. He is co-author of three botanical field guides: Sedges of Maine: A Field Guide to the Cyperaceae (2013), Baxter State Park Plants (2016), and Maine grasses and rushes (2019). He holds a master’s degree in plant ecology from the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and a bachelor’s degree in English from Temple University.

This talk is part of the Online Winter Talk series at the Merryspring Nature Center, sponsored by Allen Insurance & Financial.

Access to a computer or smart device is required to attend. Please email [email protected] to register for this program. Zoom links will be sent the morning of the program.

Participation is free for all.

Merryspring is your community nature center offering year-round walking trails, cultivated gardens, wildlife, and ecology and horticulture education programs. The park is located at the end of Conway Road, just off Route 1 in Camden, behind Hannaford Shopping Plaza. For more information about this program, please contact [email protected] or call 207-236-2239.

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