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.
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!!
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.
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.
Thanks again for looking! Enjoy the holiday weekend!