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Lunchtime Discovery: North Carolina’s Natural Heritage Program

  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Using Science to Guide Conservation

Misty Buchanan identifying a species. Photo: Jim Hawhee

Misty Buchanan, Deputy Director for Natural Heritage, Division of Land and Water Stewardship, NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

The Natural Heritage Program is a small state program with a big mission: to inventory North Carolina’s natural areas and use the information to create a network of nature preserves that will protect our natural heritage for future generations. Misty Buchanan will discuss current research and conservation projects, including how field biologists explore and document North Carolina’s flora and fauna; how we determine which species are common and secure vs. rare and imperiled; and how the Natural Heritage Program works across North Carolina to create land conservation agreements with government agencies, land trusts and private landowners.

Join us on YouTube!

Live Virtual Presentation hosted by NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ SECU Daily Planet Curator Chris Smith and the NC Department of Environmental Quality Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs staff.

You can post questions in the YouTube chat or tweet questions to #LunchTimeDiscovery and mention @NorthCarolinaEE.

Brought to you by the NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.


May 18
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


NC United States


Chris Smith