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Controlled burns planned for Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties

Reported by Scott Saxton email

DURHAM, NC (WECT) - The Nature Conservancy announced plans Monday to conduct controlled burns through March 2010 in several parts of our region.

Parts of the Green Swamp, Boiling Spring Lakes and Myrtle Head Savanna in Brunswick County are scheduled for controlled burns.  Old Dock Savanna in Columbus County and Angola Creek Savanna, McLean's Savanna, Halls Run and Shaken Creek Savanna in Pender County are also included in the schedule.

"Many ecosystems need regular fire," Dan Ryan, the Conservancy's Southeast Coastal Plain Project Director said in a written release. "Fire keeps longleaf pine stands health and ensures the survival of a myriad of wonderful plants – Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, orchids and other plants are dependent on fire. Controlled burns also protect local communities; they reduce the chances of big out-of-control wildfires that threaten people."

The Conservancy owns or manages more than 30,000 acres in our region.  Last year, the Conservancy burned more than 4200 acres in southeastern North Carolina.

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