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Two Discover Natural Transylvania Programs Are Coming To Library


January 30, 2020

Discover Natural Transylvania is back in February with two programs. At 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 6, botanist and ecologist Ed Schwatzman will present “Transylvania County: Land of Waterfalls and… Bogs?!” in the Transylvania County Library Rogow Room.

Many folks know Transylvania County as the Land of Waterfalls, a title which few could refute. However, did you know that the area is also home to some of the Southern Appalachians’ most amazing mountain bogs?

Transylvania County is a biodiversity hotspot in part because of these two amazing natural habitats. Explore the unique aspects of waterfalls and bogs with Schwartzman, author of “An Inventory of the Natural Areas of Transylvania County.”

Schwartzman’s professional expertise includes botany, bryology, herpetology, and forest and wetland ecology. Schwatzman previously worked as a biologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, conducting natural area inventories in the North Carolina mountains, including Transylvania County.

He is the owner of a small consulting firm, Joe Pye Ecological, based in Asheville. The company’s mission is to use natural science in support of conservation and sustainable land management and to educate and share appreciation for the natural world.

Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. is the make-up date for the postponed January Discover Natural Transylvania. The 27-minute film “Jocassee: Jewel of the Escarpment” explores one of National Geographic’s last best places on earth. Discover the beauty of the region and uniqueness of the diverse flora found around Lake Jocassee.

Light refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library who support the Discover Natural Transylvania program series on the first Thursday of most months. For additional information, contact Marcy at (828) 884-1820 or


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