It has been quite a while since the last post in September, but now with monitoring season behind us and fire season roaring away I have found a moment for an update on all of it.
Monitoring season finished without issue, all of our easements look great and so do all of our fee tracts. Now with fire season well on its way we are happy to announce that we have burned 1095 acres on TNC property in the Southeast Coastal Plain, a huge accomplishment! If you are interested in where we have been burning check out this Google map. https://mapsengine.google.com/map/edit?mid=zFl-ZXYzr5ww.kLNIi6XqM4BY
Our fire crew has traveled from far and wide to help us put fire on the ground this winter. Our crew leader and returning for his second year is Garrett, a smoke jumper from Oregon. Our three crew members are also well seasoned veterans of fire from the western states; we are happy to have Brian, Jessica, and David with us until April.
Our UNCW fire class had its field day, which was a success. Every year we partner with UNCW Environmental Studies and host a beginner wildland fire class to train students interested in fire stewardship. Part of the class requirement is once the students pass the training they have to volunteer on one of our burns. This is a great way for us to get the much-needed help to get our burning done and a great benefit to the future of fire stewardship.
As you may be aware in the spring once fire season has about ended we do a fire festival to help raise awareness about controlled burning in the Southeast Coastal Plain. Well this year we are making some big changes to the fire festival. First, we will be having the festival in October, this year it will be Saturday, October 11th. We changed from spring to fall in hopes of better weather! Also we will be changing the venue. We are happy to announce that the festival will take place at Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC. In an effort to reach a broader audience we are moving the festival to Wilmington and are happy to be partnering with the City of Wilmington. The Wilmington Fire Department and Parks and Recreation Department are very enthusiastic about raising wildfire and controlled burning awareness and we couldn’t be happier to have them on board! Please check out the festival website for updates http://fireinthelakes.weebly.com/ and be sure to like us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fire-in-the-Lakes-Festival/305204719532234
Also the second annual Flytrap Half Hell Haul is March 22nd. This 7k trail run will zig zag through the Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC. All proceeds from the race go to Venus flytrap protection in the Southeast Coastal Plain. Here is the link to register https://its-go-time.com/halfhellhaul2014. We are also looking for volunteers to help out with the event. Please visit the volunteer page on this blog for more details on volunteering for the race.