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Sustaining the Serpentine Barrens is a collaboration on the needs, successes, challenges, and vision to restore and conserve the serpentine ecological communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Join us for a gathering of landowners, professionals, managers, researchers, and anyone interested in the globally rare Mid-Atlantic serpentine ecosystems’ ecology and conservation.

Tue., Oct. 18, 2022
(8:00 AM – 4:00 PM ET)

Sykes Student Union, West Chester University
110 W. Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19382

“Serpentine” refers to the soils and ecosystems that develop on serpentinite and related rocks. Serpentine soils are ecologically unique and diverge radically from typical soils in fertility. They are low in most of the macronutrients required for plant growth and have high levels of heavy metals. As a result, serpentine soils exclude all but those plant species that can tolerate extreme conditions, in particular minimal calcium and extremely high magnesium and nickel. Collectively the Mid-Atlantic serpentine ecosystems harbor more than 100 plant and animal species listed as Endangered, Threatened, or Near Threatened (“Rare”) globally or in the states where they occur.

Who is this for?
• Landowners
• Environmental Professionals
• Land Managers
• Researchers
• Anyone interested in the globally rare Mid-Atlantic serpentine ecosystems

What will you learn?
• Learn why these communities are important
• Why they are disappearing
• What is being done currently to restore and sustain them
• The next steps needed to conserve these imperiled ecosystems
• Explore a nearby serpentine barren

This event is being sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry.

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