Although restricted to a narrow range in northeastern South Carolina and southeastern North Carolina, Solidago verna occurs in a wide variety of habitats. However, this species is moderately threatened by alteration and destruction of habitat for development, plantation pineland and agriculture.
Habitat loss due to fire suppression and land development. (TNC 1993)
71 extant populations are now known from 15 counties. 37 of the populations are on federal lands. (TNC 1993)
Reproductive strategies were investigated by graduate student Martha Brewster at North Carolina State University. (Brewster 1995)
In North Carolina, 37 of the populations are on federal land (NFS or DoD). Most of these populations, which are found in the Croatan National Forest and Fort Bragg, are benefiting from expanded use of prescribed burning. Burns at Fort Bragg occur on a 3 year, growing season rotation.
Fire management on populations not receiving such management.
Monitoring and demographic studies and census counts are needed to determine management efficacy.
Research on the relationship between this species and fire disturbance is also needed. This species may better respond to a less frequent burning regime (TNC 1993)
Seed collection from populations not represented in collection (only 1 population represented in NCBG collection).
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