• 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 a festival at Halyburton Park in Wilmington, NC on October 14, 2017.

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.