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Controlled burn scheduled for the Pender/Onslow County border

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A controlled burn near the Onslow/Pender County border has been rescheduled for Wednesday after being postponed last week.

The Nature Conservancy had planned the controlled burn for Thursday, but because of rainfall Wednesday the burn has been rescheduled for sometime next week.

The 30-acre site is home to 19 rare or threatened plants, including Venus flytraps, which is listed as endangered by the federal government.

"Right now, we've got a lot of shrubs crowding out the unique plants," said Angie Carl, who directs the Conservancy's fire efforts in southeastern North Carolina. "We want to use fire to open the place up and restore it back to a longleaf pine savanna, with all the amazing under story including rare plants and grasses."

Controlled burns are carefully planned and conducted. There are specific conditions under which a fire can achieve ecological goals.  This burn should help the endangered plants by removing shrubbery that is crowding them.

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