Kyle Obermiller

The Final Countdown

December 14, 2017

1: Longleaf pine at Flower Hill Nature Preserve In April of 2014 I met Walt out at Temple Flat Rock in eastern Wake County on my first day as Stewardship Technician at TLC. Shortly after we arrived, a few vans carrying students from Raleigh Charter High School came rolling in to learn about the unique […]

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Teaching in the Trees

October 5, 2017

The beginning of October marked a new chapter in the history books of Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. The weather was perfect on this day; sunny and 70’s for a comfortable trip into the woods. Arriving by bus, 22 students from nearby Knightdale High School arrived on the property at noon. While not the first students […]

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Inaugural Walnut Wednesdays

September 13, 2017

The Walnut Wednesday’s “Nut-Heads” successfully completed their first workday, delayed by one day due to weather, on Thursday, September 7. Four enthusiastic volunteers came out on a cool September morning. Sounds of hammers rang out as they took down old fence lines and goat stalls in the main area of the preserve. This area will […]

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Aphid Alley

September 11, 2017

3,700 feet of new trail and over 200 hours of volunteer work went in to a new section of trail out at Johnston Mill Nature Preserve. Starting back in May, the Conservation Corps volunteers broke ground on a new segment now called Aphid Alley. We’ll get to the name in a minute. They worked week […]

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Walnut Wednesdays

July 26, 2017

Farm road out at Walnut Hill Nature Preserve Walnut Hill has grown near and dear to me, mainly because it’s the closest property to my house and I always see a few deer while I’m there! Actually, from my perspective, Walnut Hill has some of the most amazing scenery and history of any property we […]

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Bridge Building 101

May 5, 2017

A 22 Foot Cedar walkbridge on the future Cedar Grove Loop at Brumley Nature Preserve One of my top favorite tasks as the Stewardship Technician here at TLC is the construction of the foot bridges and boardwalks we’ve put in over the past three years. Most are quite simple to build, while others provide an […]

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MLK Day of Service 2017

February 10, 2017

On January 16th, we hosted a volunteer workday for the MLK Day of Service. We had just over 70 volunteers come out for the morning hours on an unusually warm January day. I want to send a special shout out to the students that joined us from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, […]

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Sunrise Planting

December 7, 2016

When I wrote my last blog, we were just starting to work up about 15 acres of older ag fields in Eastern Wake County at our Walnut Hill Nature Preserve. A lot of prep work went in to getting these old fields ready to plant a cover crop of vetch, clover, annual ryegrass, and winter […]

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Riding on a Deere

October 13, 2016

1: Future Ag Field, looking at the back of the historic Oaky Grove Methodist Church on neighboring property Ever since I’ve been able to reach the steering wheel sitting in my Dad’s lap, I’ve always loved driving a tractor. Whether steam or diesel, red or rusty, I’ve always had a fascination for this slow and […]

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The Summer Swing

August 10, 2016

If it wasn’t for shade trees and sweet tea, I don’t think anyone would be able to survive the heat we’ve had this summer. Nevertheless, we’re running at full speed on the stewardship side of things where we’re managing almost 5,000 acres of TLC owned and protected property here in the Triangle region! We’ve had […]

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