Ruth Ann Grissom

Writer, conservationist

Biography

Ruth Ann Grissom grew up on a farm in Montgomery County and earned degrees in journalism and social work at UNC Chapel Hill. She divides her time between Charlotte and the Uwharries.

 

Articles

  • ui.uncc.edu
    Nov 28, 2018
    Day by day, hour by hour, trees are dropping their leaves, allowing us to appreciate their architectural structure.  While growing conditions can shape a tree’s form – a white oak’s limbs will be truncated in a crowded forest, but in the middle of a pasture, they’ll sprawl – each species also has its own inherent traits.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Oct 24, 2018
    Monarch butterflies generally start arriving in the Uwharries in May.  Their timing seems to coincide with the flowering of the common milkweed in our grasslands. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Oct 24, 2018
    Monarch butterflies generally start arriving in the Uwharries in May.  Their timing seems to coincide with the flowering of the common milkweed in our grasslands. 
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Sep 13, 2018
    In an ozone garden, the plants can tell an astute observer whether ozone pollution is a problem.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Aug 23, 2018
    An invasive berry vine that’s trying to take over the world – including a Charlotte park.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 25, 2018
    On a preserved tract in Gaston County, one determined man is fighting a long-term war to remove the invasive plant species that choke out native plants and wildlife.
  • plancharlotte.org
    Jul 25, 2018
    On a preserved tract in Gaston County, one determined man is fighting a long-term war to remove the invasive plant species that choke out native plants and wildlife.
  • ui.uncc.edu
    Jul 03, 2018
    It was time for young barn owl, raised at the Carolina Raptor Center, to be sent into the world. Would she be safe?
  • ui.uncc.edu
    May 31, 2018
    I saw it coming. Every time I saw the cable wrapped around that oak, I’d throw up my hands and think, “Too late now!” The oak slowly succumbed to strangulation. Last spring, it didn’t leaf out. Now, poison ivy creeps up the trunk, hiding my shame.
  • plancharlotte.org
    May 24, 2018
    Moving back to Charlotte after 10 years away, I noticed changes in Latta Park. Were my memories idealized? Had it always looked like this? Or had it been neglected in my absence? Commentary.