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Monday Symposium

Brosi, Sunshine L. [1].

Lucy Braun's Plants and Places.

One of the first and foremost conservationists of the 20th century was ecologist E. Lucy Braun. Dr. Lucy, as she was called by her colleagues, devoted her life to the study of plants and to conservation campaigns to save wilderness areas and other natural sites. In the 1920s and '30s, she conducted field trips to gather information for her study of the forests of Eastern North America. Her travels brought her to the Southern Appalachians, including areas around the Settlement School. On these field trips, Dr. Braun and her sister Annette, a zoologist, drove their Model T Ford through the mountains to collect plant specimens. Dr. Braun's analysis of the information collected on these field trips resulted in her book "Deciduous Forests of Eastern North America." This book was the definitive text on the subject when it was published in 1950 and it remains so today. In 1930, Dr. Braun and Katherine Pettit, one of the founders of Pine Mountain Settlement School, campaigned to save a virgin forest on Lynn Fork of the left fork of Leatherwood in Perry County. They were not successful, and the forest there was subsequently cut down. This presentation will review Dr. Braun’s Pine Mountain places and introduce you to some of her plants.

1 - Frostburg State University, Biology, 101 Braddock Road, Frostburg, MD, 21532, USA

Pine Mountain
Lucy Braun.

Presentation Type: Symposium Presentation
Abstract ID:56
Candidate for Awards:None