North Carolina Botanical Garden


Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Bigleaf Magnolia at Redlair Preserve

with Bob Peet and Fisher Stines, Friends of Plant Conservation

Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021

Time: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM

Location: Zoom webinar

Fee: Free, $5 suggested fee


Redlair Preserve is best known for the charismatic bigleaf magnolia which has the largest leaves of any tree species in the nation. The Preserve also has an incredible diversity of plant species and vegetation types. Robert Peet will start by describing the Redlair Preserve and then discuss the vegetation pattern across this landscape and the challenges for management. He will then discuss the distribution of bigleaf magnolia across the Southeast and will place it in the context of other rare or geographically disjunct species of the Piedmont. Fisher Stines will then present a summary of his research at NC State University on the distribution, abundance and population structure of bigleaf magnolia across the Redlair Preserve.




The North Carolina Botanical Garden has partnered with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas. 



An excursion to the Redlair Preserve is being planned for Saturday, May 8. Registration for this event will open soon.

About the Speakers

Robert Peet

Robert Peet joined the faculty of UNC Chapel Hill in 1975 where he taught plant ecology and plant geography until he retired in 2018. While his research interests are many and varied, he is particularly interested in the vegetation of the Carolinas and especially factors influencing the composition, species diversity and long-term dynamics of terrestrial plant communities across the region. He and his colleagues have documented the compositional variation of Carolina vegetation with extensive field work that now provides the basis for vegetation classification and informs conservation and management of natural lands. He has a long-term interest in the Redlair Preserve, has visited the property regularly over the last 30 years and currently chairs the Redlair Stewardship Committee for PCP.

Fisher Stines

Fisher Stines is an undergraduate student at NC State University where he is majoring in Plant Biology and German Studies. He spent the summer of 2019 at the Redlair Preserve collecting data on the distribution and population structure of bigleaf magnolia, data that will be essential for future population monitoring. He is currently using those data as the core of an undergraduate research project documenting the abundance and dynamics of bigleaf across the Preserve.

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Registration open through 4/22/2021 12:10 PM



This program will be offered online via Zoom or other virtual learning program.
More details will be provided a few days before the event.