The Society for Economic Botany
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Economic Botany 2016
The 2016 meeting of the Society for Economic Botany will be held in beautiful Pine Mountain Settlement School, located in the rural mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky from June 5-9th, 2016!
Society for Economic Botany’s 57th Annual Meeting, Pine Mountain, Kentucky, USA
June 3-9, 2016
Pine Mountain Settlement School in located in the rural mountains of Harlan County, Kentucky. The 100-year old Settlement School transitioned into an Environmental Education Center in the 1970s. The school was an early source of education for the mountain youth of the area, offering a hands-on approach to education that continues to be a model for today's schools. The school's programs have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and region.
Pine Mountain is in the heart of the southern Appalachians in rural Southeastern Kentucky, USA. It is located 2 hours away from the Tri-Cities Airport in Johnson City, Tennessee (TRI). Shuttles are available for an additional fee. High-speed internet will be available during the conference.
The conference theme is Resilience in the Face of Resource Extraction: Ethnobotany and Exploitation. This conference will discuss approaches to protecting biodiversity and cultural traditions in times of economic transition. The coalfields of southern Appalachia embody the tensions between economic and environmental sustainability. Traditional Appalachian culture is deeply connected to the native flora and fauna, yet resource extraction continues to shape the geography and economic future of the region.
In the center of this region is Pine Mountain Settlement School, a historic school campus that currently provides environmental education programs in a setting devoted to preserving native species and habitats. In this beautiful site, participants can immerse themselves in the reality of the conference themes as they move from sessions to lodging to social activities. They can walk out the door of their lodging and onto trails that will allow unparalleled exploration of biodiversity, or listen to some of the best authentic bluegrass of the region; at the same time, they can observe the impact of coal mining on the region and interact with local residents and staff dedicated to a new future for Appalachia. This unusual site will make an unforgettable conference experience.
The school campus is known for its historic beauty, as well as the riches of the mixed mesophitic forest that surrounds the campus. Three streams come together at the campus, and it is surrounded by hiking trails that offer both great vistas and the quiet calm of old-growth forest. In addition to the natural forest and meadows, the campus also holds a farm. The main campus is located on 625 acres on the north side of Pine Mountain, the most imposing geological feature of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Isaac’s Creek, which runs through the campus, is the dividing line between the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau. The forested slopes of Pine Mountain’s property are home to an impressive number of plants and animals, some of which are exclusive to the campus. Pine Mountain’s property includes the 348-acre James E. Bickford State Nature Preserve. Several old-growth forests in the area include Bad Branch State Nature Preserve, Lilley Cornett Woods, Blanton Forest State Nature Preserve, Pine Mountain Trail State Park Nature Preserve and Black Mountain, the tallest peak in Kentucky.
Once on campus, there is no need for cars, as all buildings are within short walking distance of each other along accessible paths. Laurel House is a dining and conference center. The West Wind dormitory will be available for people to stay. Rooms are 2 to 4 person suites with microfridges and conveniently located baths. The dorm is located within close walking proximity to all official meeting venues. Camping is available onsite with ample bathrooms and showers for campers. Hotels are available within a 30-minute drive in the town of Harlan with additional lodging 45 minutes away in Whitesburg.
The average high temperature in June is 26°C (80°F) with a low of 26°C (55°F). A light jacket is recommended for cool mountain nights.
Friday and Saturday before the conference, June 3-4, is Seedtime on the Cumberland—an annual summer festival celebrating Appalachian people, music, arts, and culture, seedtimefestival.org. The 2016 Festival will be held in downtown Whitesburg, KY with lodging and travel available at Pine Mountain Settlement School, a 45-minute drive away. Seedtime is a project of Appalshop, a non-profit, multimedia arts center located in Whitesburg, Ky. Appalshop is dedicated to documenting, preserving and perpetuating the life and culture of Appalachia, and since 1969 has endeavored to give the people of Appalachia the means to tell their own stories and solve their own problems through the production of original films, radio, theater, recordings, photography, and books, as well as through the training of local youth in various forms of media production, www.appalshop.org.
Seedtime is broadcast annually on WMMT 88.7 FM, Mountain Community Radio. Launched by the Appalshop in 1985, WMMT’s mission is to be a 24-hour voice of mountain people’s music, culture, and social issues; to provide broadcast space for creative expression and community involvement in making radio, and to be an active participant in discussion of public policy that will benefit coalfield communities and the Appalachian region as a whole. Powered by 50-some volunteer DJs and a small, but dedicated staff, WMMT is grandparents and grandchildren; experts in old-time music and bluegrass nuts; hardcore/metal connoisseurs and kids talking about pet fish; self-produced radio documentaries about economic and social issues facing our region and profiles of Old-time Kentucky Fiddling legends. We are dedicated to serving as a voice for each and every segment of our community, from those families who have called these hills home for generations to those from afar incarcerated in our region’s massive prison population. We truly are “Real People Radio,” and we invite you to join us for Seedtime or anytime at 88.7 on Appalachia’s radio dial or streaming live online at wmmt.org.
Society for Economic Botany 2016 Conference
Tuesday, June 5-9, 2016
Appalshop’s Seedtime in the Cumberland’s Festival:
This festival occurs from on Friday June 3rd from 2pm-11pm and Saturday, June 4th from 10am-11pm
Registration Only: $20 no meals included
Package Rate: Includes lodging at Pine Mountain the night of Thursday June 2nd-the morning of Sunday June 5th, breakfast Friday-Sunday, and lunch on Friday.
shuttle leaves Pine Mountain at 12:30pm on Friday and at 8:30am on Saturday and leaves Appalshop at 11pm for 12:30am arrival at Pine Mountain.
To reserve lodging at Pine Mountain, please call 606-558-3571, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: http://pinemountainsettlementschool.com/registration.php?id=191
In the Footsteps of Lucy Braun
This event occurs from on Friday June 10th from 9am-6pm and Saturday, June 11th from 9am-6pm, interpretive hikes to old-growth forest with expert regional botanists.
Registration Only: $175 includes hikes and meals
Package Rate: Includes lodging at Pine Mountain the night of Friday June 10th-the morning of Sunday June 12th, breakfast Friday-Sunday, a packed lunch on Friday and Saturday, and dinner Friday and Saturday night.
To reserve lodging at Pine Mountain, please call us at 606-558-3571, email email@example.com, or visit: http://pinemountainsettlementschool.com/registration.php?id=191
Conference occurs from June 5th-9th, 2016
Sunday night BBQ fundraiser for Kentucky Natural Lands Trust: $25
Monday night United Plant Savers Student Social: $5 students, $10 non-students
OSN Teaching Tuesday Workshops: $30 for most workshops
Tuesday Night OSN Folk Dance: members $10 (including workshop attendees), non-members $25
Thursday night: Distinguish Economic Botanist Banquet $50
Kids Nature and Arts Camp Monday-Thursday 9am-3pm: $200/child, $25 discount for multiple children, camp attendees do not need to be registered as companions. Cost includes all meals, supplies, and activities
Conference Lodging at Pine Mountain:
For conference lodging at Pine Mountain Settlement School, please contact us directly to make reservations. To reserve lodging at Pine Mountain, please call 606-558-3571, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit: http://pinemountainsettlementschool.com/registration.php?id=191
Workshops (Tuesday morning, 9am-noon) no other events will be held during this time period