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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!