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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 ❤