Big Island

Big Island is one of the most iconic longleaf pine savannas left in this region.  It boasts some of the highest plant diversity in the world.  It has been well maintained with fire for years and years, sometimes being burned on a yearly rotation rather than the typical 3 to 5 year cycle.  

On 2/3 we burned Big Island for the second year in a row.  It was a rather calm burn since the fuels were low from being burned last year and the humidity stayed in the 60% range. 

There has been ongoing botanical research in Big Island by NC State and as requested by the researchers we burned it again this year.  As controlled burns go this was a rather easy burn.  Thanks to Dan Ryan for the great photos!

Don’t forget to check out our Season 2012 Burn Map, it shows all of the burns that we have done and is updated regularly.  Stay tuned here for more updates on our controlled burns right here too!

On a side note don’t miss the Fire in the Lakes festival on March 24th in Boiling Spring Lakes NC.  It will be a great family event with games, food, live bluegrass, and a demonstration controlled burn!  Hope to see you there!


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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