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Burn at McLean savanna

Burn at McLean savanna

Oh man, there are so many things going on in the Southeast Coastal Plain these days I just don’t know where to begin!

Flowering pixie-moss blooming in the Green Swamp

Flowering pixie-moss blooming in the Green Swamp

Let’s start with fire.  We have been burning up a storm.  The weather conditions have been in our favor this year and this has allowed burn boss Angie Carl to fire it up.  So far just our program has burned 1560 acres of TNC preserve land!  Go Angie!  It’s still early in March so we are hoping to get a few more burns in…shooting for 2000 acres!  Keep up with where we are burning on our Google burn map.

Venus flytrap seen in the Green Swamp

Venus flytrap seen in the Green Swamp

I took a walk on the Green Swamp trail last week with Kelly Oten, Forest Health Specialist with the NC Forest Service.  Kelly will be doing a Palamedes swallowtail butterfly count at a site in the Green Swamp over the next three years.

Palamedes swallowtail butterfly

Palamedes swallowtail butterfly

The butterfly count is part of a bigger project looking at Palamedes swallowtail butterfly numbers in areas where laurel wilt is present.  Laurel wilt is a tree disease spread by an ambrosia beetle that kills lauraceae species.  Red bay is a lauraceae species and the Palamedes swallowtail butterfly uses red bay exclusively for egg laying.  Scientists are expecting to see Palamedes swallowtail butterfly decline as more red bay trees succumb to laurel wilt.  Click here to read more about laurel wilt.

New Fire in the Lakes logo!

New Fire in the Lakes logo!

So the Fire in the Lakes festival is fast approaching!  On March 23rd from 11 to 3 bring your family out to the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center for a free day of fire, flytraps, and fun!

flytrap_5K_logoAs part of the festival this year we will be hosting the Flytrap Half Hell Haul 7K trail run.  The run will start at 9 at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center and will follow the preserve nature trail.  For more info on the festival and the race check out the website and don’t forget to like the festival on Facebook!

Hope to see y’all at Fire in the Lakes!!

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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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