The Dirt Blog

New Faces, New Spaces

September 12, 2019

Our excitement is growing as work kicks into high gear at the Sarah and Bailey Williamson Preserve at Walnut Hill for the Grand Opening on April 25, 2020! We have welcomed the first farmers to the property through our partnerships with Wake County’s NextGen Farming Program and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and […]

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White Oak Greenway Acquisition

September 12, 2019

By Jack Blackmer Thanks to a donation from a generous family who loved their family’s land, there is a shady oasis in the midst of one of the most rapidly developing areas in Wake County that is now owned and protected forever by TLC! Totaling 24 acres of rich bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands teeming […]

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Conserving For, Not From

September 12, 2019

By Margaret Sands News this good was hard to keep to ourselves! As you know, on Earth Day 2017, we celebrated the grand opening of Brumley Nature Preserve in Orange County with 1,300 outdoor enthusiasts. Each month 3,000 hikers, bikers, dog walkers, runners, Pokémon seekers, birders, volunteers, photographers, students, and nature lovers visit the 613-acre […]

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Protecting Land for Clean Drinking Water

September 12, 2019

By Ron Gallagher The highly successful and innovative Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, already well into its teenage years, is about to get a sibling. This fall, TLC and multiple partners unveil the Jordan Lake Watershed Conservation Strategy that will be a component of a new water-protection effort called the Jordan Lake One-Water initiative (JLOW). […]

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Invasive Species Management

August 13, 2019

By Caroline Durham Many landowners are familiar with the growing number of unwelcome guests taking over North Carolina’s Piedmont.  They’re taking over your hardwood forests, your beautiful riverbeds, and even your backyard garden.  Some of these trespassers include the ever-present Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), the stubborn Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), and the rapidly colonizing Tree […]

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Introducing Brumley East

July 17, 2019

If you’re one of the thousands of people who love to hike and bike at Brumley Nature Preserve, we need your help! We are thrilled to announce that TLC purchased a 60-acre Brumley expansion in April to protect the more of the tributary of Stoney Creek, to provide additional connectivity for wildlife, and to expand […]

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Image of an Eastern swallowtail caterpillar provided by Nate Burns.

Meet the Species at Walnut Hill!

July 17, 2019

The Sarah and Bailey Williamson nature preserve at Walnut Hill is an expansive property with 405-acres of natural beauty that is set to open April 2020. Walnut Hill is at the heart of Mark’s Creek landscape and has an abundant amount of species present! I can’t wait for you to meet many of these species […]

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That Makes Sense Trail sign

Did You Know?

June 24, 2019

Did you know there is a trail especially for children at TLC’s Horton Grove Nature Preserve? You may already know about Horton Grove, TLC’s largest nature preserve located NE of Durham. You may have visited and enjoyed its many habitats including hilly woodlands, native grasslands, ponds and streams home to a wide variety of wildlife […]

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Second Brumley Data Collection Day

May 15, 2019

By Steve Emery, volunteer Despite the warmer weather we had a smaller group for our second data collection event at Brumley South.  Even with the smaller team of counters, though, we got as many plots documented as on the first session.  The participants, like the couple below, had many levels of experience, from a trained […]

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Late Spring at Brumley Preserve

May 15, 2019

By Steve Emery, volunteer The wetlands, which are a core value of the Brumley Preserve and an important source of Raleigh’s drinking water, also enable some spectacular wildflower displays.  Below is a patch of atamasco lilies. Several trails in Brumley are bordered by buckeyes, like the ones in full bloom, below.  One particularly long and […]

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