Wilderness Ramblings

With springtime comes the return of field season, and I’ve been taking every opportunity I can to get outside and visit some beautiful properties. Many of the grant agencies we apply to want to come out and see the tracts we have asked for funding to protect, and...

A Hike to a Newly Protected Uwharrie Trail Property

This past week I was fortunate enough to get to tag along with Mike Schafale with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program to visit the newly conserved Dassow Property in the Birkhead Wilderness Area. Three Rivers Land Trust purchased this 100 acre tract just a few...

A New but Familiar Landscape

This past week, I spent a couple of days looking at potential conservation projects in Moore County. As a result of the impending merger of the Sandhills Area Land Trust with Three Rivers Land Trust, the organization I work for, we have begun taking on some projects...

A couple of good weekend hikes

The past two weekends I have hiked starting at the Highway 24/27 trailhead outside of Troy. Both times I started on the old road to Lawrenceville that goes to the east just out from the parking area, and connected to the Wood Run Bike Trail from the location of the...

Reflections on Hiking and Life

A friend of mine recently sent me an image with a great quote on it about hiking. It said, “Hiking is a bit like life. The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself opportunity to be present...

North American Orchid Conservation Cooperative

Last week, I was able to go to the North Carolina Rare Plant Discussion Meeting at the North Carolina Zoo. There were many interesting speakers who talked about various plant species including Venus Fly Traps, Cape Fear Spatterdock, Pitcher Plants, Small Whorled...