The Five Step Process
To successfully accomplish our mission of preservation and restoration we developed a five
step process. In this manner we can intelligently address the challenges of modern conservation.
Discovery involves identifying new bogs or seepage areas which contain rare bog species. Meadowview biologists have an active field schedule and have found several new populations of bog species at the edge of their range in Maryland and Virginia.
Tour our "Pitcher Plant Bogs of the Southeast, an Illustrated Guide". We are featuring links to exceptional pitcher plant bogs of the southeast that are publicly available and protected. If you have a site you would like to nominate please contact us. In addition to our guide you can also find out about the Virginia Birding Trail, champion longleaf pine, and other interesting sites within the respective states. When visiting these wild sites please obey the various local, state, and federal laws prohibiting plant collection so that others may enjoy these natural treasures.
We are conducting studies on the genetics, biochemistry, ecology, and population biology of the pitcher plant genus Sarracenia, long leaf pine and white cedar. An understanding of these factors is central to effectively managing, preserving, and restoring remaining sites.
Plants of rare populations are propagated both from seed and divisions to serve as a backup for wild populations, augment existing populations and eventually to return to the wild.
4. Reintroductions and Outplantings
Most biologists have come to recognize that preservation of habitats is simply not enough to maintain biodiversity in the face of continued fragmentation and loss of natural areas. Restoration of rare plants requires a vigorous effort to return rare plant populations to at least their historical ranges. Meadowview is actively soliciting landowners with appropriate environmental conditions to receive and maintain unique populations of bog plants.
Education is key to preserving our natural heritage in the future. Biologists are available for instruction on the proper care and maintenance of bog habitats.