Happy New Year! It’s been a while since my last post, the holidays and vacation being reason for my slacking, but rest assured 2013 will be full of exciting news from the Southeast Coastal Plain, starting with FIRE SEASON!
With the new year always comes the start of fire season in the Southeast Coastal Plain. We have a new crew and they are ready to go. Our burn priorities are set and all of our fire lines are in, all we need now is some nice burn weather and we are good to go!
As you know we burn our preserves because the ecosystems in the Southeast Coastal Plain are fire dependent, they need to be burned regularly to maintain their biodiversity. We also burn our preserves to lessen the chances of a wildfire. If we keep the fuel levels down in wooded areas it is less likely that a wildfire (from a lightning strike or a tossed cigarette) will have the damaging effects it would if fuels were high. By burning our preserves on a regular basis we are helping lessen the chances of a wildfire.
So our first burn was completed on 1/14 in our Green Swamp preserve. It was a 202 acre unit we call Meyers 3 (not a very exciting name, we know) and it burned very well. We have to thank the North Carolina State Parks fire crew for helping us out with this one, and we look forward to partnering with them on more burns this season. You can follow where we burn for all of the 2013 season on this Google Map.
The start of burn season also means something else…Fire in the Lakes!! The Fire in the Lakes Festival is scheduled for March 23rd and it is going to be a good one! Along with all of the usual stuff; kids games, bouncy castles, live music, demonstration controlled burn, raffle, food, etc…we are also hosting the Flytrap 5K! This will be a 5K trail run through the Boiling Spring Lakes Nature Preserve and there will also be a 1 mile fun run for walkers and kids. All proceeds will go to the Fire in the Lakes Festival to promote awareness about controlled burning and wildfire. For more race details about the Flytrap 5K and to register click here. For more details about the Fire in the Lakes Festival check the website and don’t forget to like Fire in the Lakes on Facebook!
Here’s to the start of a busy 2013 in the Southeast Coastal Plain!