Here’s to Volunteers!!!

IBM volunteers working at the Boiling Spring Lakes preserve

IBM volunteers working at the Boiling Spring Lakes preserve

I would like to dedicate this post to all of our hard-working volunteers.  It is always a pleasure working with our volunteers, whether it be on a fire or helping plant wiregrass or doing some trail maintenance, we always have a good time!

making Venus flytrap puppets at Fire in the Lakes

making Venus flytrap puppets at Fire in the Lakes

The Fire in the Lakes festival is a great place to see volunteers, this year we had 25 UNCW students help us out, many thanks to all of their enthusiasm!

Green Swamp trail workers looking tough!

Green Swamp trail workers looking tough!

And let’s not forget about the Green Swamp trail.  Twice a year we have to maintain the trail, and this is a great time because once we cut back all of the brush we get to enjoy the interesting plants…needless to say this work day turns into an interpretive day every time 🙂  Which reminds me!  This Saturday we will have our spring Green Swamp trail maintenance day, click here for more details!

volunteers on a fire at McLean savanna

volunteers on a fire at McLean savanna

Oh yeah!  Our fire program is very dependent on volunteers, without them we would have a tough time getting all that fire on the ground every year.  And what an interesting opportunity, doing ecological controlled burning, amazing!

volunteers planting away...thanks for the help!

planting away at Haw Bluff…thanks for the help ladies!

About two years ago with the help of some very dedicated volunteers we planted 3000 wiregrass plugs at our Haw Bluff preserve, and what a rainy day it was!  In fact it poured most of the time we planted, but that didn’t stop our volunteers, they plugged away (no pun intended) until every wiregrass plug was in the ground.

wiregrass plugs looking very healthy at our Haw Bluff preserve

wiregrass plugs looking very healthy at our Haw Bluff preserve

Last week Angie and I went out to monitor the wiregrass plugs and they are doing amazing!  We think about 90% survival.  A huge success!

So here’s to you volunteers, we appreciate every bit of help we get from you!!  Let’s keep up all of the good work so our preserves will be healthy and beautiful ❤

Cheers!

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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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