• TNC burn boss Angie Carl

    Controlled burn
  • Venus Fly-trap

    © Christian Zeigler

    Venus flytrap
  • Pitcher plant paradise

    © Christian Zeigler

    Pitcher plants at Shaken Creek
  • Red-cockaded Woodpecker

    © John Ennis

    Red-cockaded woodpecker
  • Dragonfly on a Sundew

    © Christian Zeigler

    Dragonfly on a Sundew

Controlled Burns

Without prescribed burning the Longleaf pines across the region would disappear. So, too, would the Red-cockaded woodpeckers, Venus flytraps and a host of other carnivorous and rare plants that need fire to thrive and survive.

Fire in the Pines Festival

The importance of controlled burning is cause for the Fire in the Pines festival at Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC on October 13, 2018.

The highlight of the festival is a demonstration controlled burn to give festival goers the opportunity to see how burns are conducted and learn more about their importance to the ecosystem. Fire equipment (including a helicopter) will be on display and Smokey Bear is scheduled to be a special guest. Games, food trucks, live music, live animals (including a raptor show), crafts, face paintings and a scavenger hunt are also on the day’s agenda.