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