Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Conversion of land for agricultural and residential development has destroyed or damaged habitat supporting green pitcher-plant populations, many of them already critically small in number. Fire suppression and collecting have reduced other populations.
Green pitcher-plant numbers have increased at several locations. The discovery of additional populations brings the Alabama total to 32, 2 of which have received permanent protection through land acquisition by The Nature Conservancy. Thirteen others have short-term protection through voluntary Conservation Agreements between private landowners and conservation groups, such as The Nature Conservancy, State natural resource agencies, and local land trust organizations. With landowner approval, green pitcher-plant populations are visited several times a year to count flowers and fruits, measure cover/ frequency, and assess the effects of the management program. Habitat analysis has been carried out for all populations. Other projects include prescribed burns, transplantation experiments, reestablishment of a colony in Cherokee County, and surveys to locate additional populations.
Continued monitoring, habitat protection and management, and surveys for additional populations are needed for recovery.
Alabama Forestry Commission: The Commission manages habitat for 15 colonies, where prescribed burns have been conducted since 1986.
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Alabama Natural Heritage Program): Since 1991, this agency has helped the Forestry Commission design management plans for pitcherplant populations. Surveys for new populations are ongoing.
Alabama Power Company: Several populations on company property have been protected, and one site is monitored annually.
The Nature Conservancy: The local chapter of the Conservancy protects and manages two sites containing green pitcher-plants.
Original plan approved 5/11/83; revised 4/5/85.