Irene and other stuff…

hurricane irene satellite photo, courtesy of NASA

So as most of you may be wondering here in the Southeast Coastal Plain we survived Irene with little damage.  The photo above shows the massive storm, what an amazing image.  NASA also has some really neat aerial imagery that allows a comparison of Albemarle-Pamlico peninsula region before and after Irene, it shows how much water flooded the area. 

We hurricane prepped all of our equipment in our sheds in Wilmington and Boiling Spring Lakes, chained down the john boat, and put all of the work trucks in an open field.  The only things to report would be that the power went out for a few hours and the foot bridge on the trail in Boiling Spring Lakes was washed out.  The foot bridge was an easy fix, it simply needed to get put back in place, a task that was be done by our stewardship specialist Angie Carl and her intern AJ this week.  Here is a little video of the bridge being pulled back into place.

aj standing on the fixed foot bridge, photo by angie carl

We unfortunately had to cancel our volunteer work day that was scheduled for last Friday to clean up the weeds and brush from our Wilmington shed but we plan on rescheduling so keep checking in for updates on that.  Otherwise it’s back to work as usual!!

grass pink orchid, photo by skip pudney

I do want to say a bit more about the Myrtle Head Savanna preserve fundraiser that the American Orchid Society is running for us.  I touched on it last week but it deserves more focus. 

yellow fringed orchid, photo by skip pudney


Myrtle Head Savanna is a 75 acre preserve that because of weather and resources has not been burned in several years.  Southeast Coastal Plain savannas need fire at least every three years and if they go longer than three years flowering plants like orchids have a hard time competing for light with other larger savanna plants and shrubs. Fire also adds much-needed nutrients to the already acidic and nutrient-poor soils in this region.  The American Orchid Society has an interest in the unique orchid species of this region and are generously running the campaign to raise money for a controlled burn at this preserve.

rosebud orchid, photo by angie carl


slender ladies tresses, photo by skip pudney

Thanks again for looking!  Enjoy the holiday weekend!


About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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