Spring is in the air!

Spring bloomer purple butterwort, Green Swamp preserve

Spring bloomer purple butterwort, Green Swamp preserve

Spring has sprung here in the southeast, flowers are blooming, trees are budding and pollen is abundant!  Spring is a good time for us, fire season has come to an end and now we get to see the beautiful results of all the hard work we did this winter.  We had an incredible fire season this year; here are the numbers from 2013:

Acres burned on TNC property – 1630

Acres burned on partner properties – 6290

Total acres burned –  7920!

First burn ever at the newly acquired Pinch Gut tract adjacent to the Green Swamp preserve

First burn ever at the newly acquired Pinch Gut tract adjacent to the Green Swamp preserve

These numbers reflect the best burn season we have had in years in the Southeast region of North Carolina.  We had great weather and plenty of rain, combined with an experienced fire crew and motivated partners, it marks a huge win for controlled burning.  This ultimately means we will see amazing diversity in our preserves and less burnable fuels in urban interface areas…a win for every team!

Possum Creek pickin' away under the big tent at Fire in the Lakes 2013

Possum Creek pickin’ away under the big tent at Fire in the Lakes 2013

We pulled off another successful Fire in the Lakes festival.  A huge THANK YOU to everyone involved!  We had the first ever Flytrap Half Hell Haul 7k trail run and it turned out an unexpectedly big crowd!  We pulled off a demonstration controlled burn before some rain showers, there were live animals galore, we had some bluegrass jams by Possum Creek, fire eaters, and yummy food.  Kids were happy bouncing in castles, making fire hats, and sitting in fire trucks.  We were very pleased overall.  Check out the Fire in the Lakes website for more details and photos of the event.

Venus flytrap, Green Swamp preserve

Venus flytrap, Green Swamp preserve

We would like to invite you to our annual Walk with the Meateaters hike in the Green Swamp on May 18th.  This is a guided hike by TNC staff experts in the Green Swamp preserve.  We will be looking at a many of the Spring flowering plants including the Venus flytrap and allowing the opportunity to ask questions about our program.  If you are interested in signing up for this walk please contact Sara Babin at sbabin@tnc.org.  Space is limited so sign up fast!

So here’s to Spring!  May it be mild and sunny and full of great adventures in the Southeast Coastal Plain!

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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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