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Plant Rescue at Commander Shepard Blvd. extension

Grape fern

WNPR is rescuing plants from the site of a road extension in Hampton. The site has been surveyed and many plants have been tagged for rescue.

Despite it being February, the site is surprisingly rich, with grape fern (pictured), cranefly orchids, Elliott's goldenrod and spicebush.

It seems to be one of the few places in Hampton where laurel oak has been found (apparently unidentified in Hampton before 2005) and more surprisingly, is the only place in Hampton where cherrybark oak has ever been found, our botanist tells us.

This rescue has us running low on pots, three-gallon or larger.

The next rescue day is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26. The bulldozers are expected in early March. Please contact Lise Schioler at 636-8240 or, or Cortney Langley at 291-1500 or to volunteer or donate pots.

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