Season’s Greetings December, 2016


Current status and information on Donations

The "Goats on the Bald" part of the Baatany Project is still in limbo pending the Pisgah National Forest Plan revision and it is doubtful they’ll be browsing Roan’s blackberries in 2017 (See complete information here). BUT!!! You can still adopt a goat or dog, just be aware that you may not see them atop Roan for another summer or two at the earliest. We still have research and equipment storage expense needs while waiting for the situation to resolve. And, we are committed to caring for all of "Trudy's Goats" and their offspring for the natural lives.

In 2016, while the goats stayed in Shady Valley, our field efforts were redirected towards sampling historic Grassy Bald transects installed in 1987-1988. This was partially funded by a grant from Friends of Roan Mountain. In addition to the 3 historic transects in the Baatany Project area from Jane Bald to the Grassy Ridge Trail fork, a total of 273 meter-square plots were sampled along the other 17 historic transects from Carvers Gap to Grassy Ridge: 131 plots on Round Bald, 18 on Engine Gap, 4 on Jane Bald, and 120 on Grassy Ridge.

Data analysis is ongoing and preliminary results and comparisons to work done over the past 80 years are being presented at the Roan Mountain Winter Naturalists’ Rally in February. While the increase in Canada Blackberry is obvious, there has also been a shift in dominance from Mountain Oats Grass (Danthonia compressa) to Hair Grass (Deschampsia flexuosa) and sedges (Carex species).

There will be a presentation about the Lily Leaf Spot Disease plaguing Gray’s Lily at the Winter Naturalists’ Rally which includes some results from our forensic botany manuscript that is being published:

Ingram, RJ; Levy, F; Barrett, CL; Donaldson, JT. 2017. Mining Herbaria for Clues to the Historic Prevalence of Lily Leaf Spot Disease (Pseudocercosporella inconspicua) on Gray’s Lily (Lilium grayi) and Canada Lily (L. canadense). Rhodora (2nd issue of 2017).

In addition, one of the Gray’s Lily plots browsed by the goats set a project record high count with 282 lilies found in a 10m diameter area this past summer.

Baafully yours and hoping the best for you during the Holiday Season.

If you wish to donate ......

As explained above, the expenses of the project continue and we would very gratefully accept your donations. If you wish, you may designate how you wish your donation to be used: Care and Feeding of the goats and dogs or Project Expenses (which would include all other costs, including science, data, and analysis related costs. See our donations page here.