Excursion: Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve, Brunswick County
with Roger Shew, Senior Lecturer in Geology and Environmental Science, UNC Wilmington; Julie Moore, Botanist & Endangered Species Biologist; Retired US Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist
Date: Saturday, June 5, 2021
Time: 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Fee: $48.00 ($43 members of either NCBG or FoPC)
The Green Swamp Preserve (over 16,000 acres) contains some of the country’s finest examples of longleaf pine wet savannas as well as extensive pocosins. The savannas are bounded by pocosins containing pond pine and cypress as well as numerous shrubs including titi. The open savannas have a diverse grass/herb layer with many wildflowers including orchids and insectivorous plants. The Green Swamp is the nexus of Venus flytraps. Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve (~6,000 acres) is characterized by a mix of communities including xeric sandhill longleaf pine and pocosins. The preserve has a variety of carnivorous and other plant species and it is home to the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. Upwards of 400 vascular plant species have been reported in the preserve. Fire is integral to the health of these plant communities and is the primary management activity in both preserves.
Trails in both preserves are flat but may be wet depending upon the weather.
Transportation to the Boiling Spring Lakes and Green Swamp Preserve is not included. Meeting location and directions provided with registration confirmation.
What to bring:
Bring insect repellant, bag lunch and water.
What to wear:
Closed-toe shoes/boots, a hat, and comfortable clothes (long pants recommended)
Green Swamp Savanna Boiling Spring Lakes
We're expanding our partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas.
This event is a partnership between NCBG and Friends of Plant Conservation.