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New Brumley South Trails Open!

April 12, 2022

ORANGE COUNTY, N.C. — TLC’s Brumley South trail expansion project open to the public  This expansion adds 1 mile of hiking-only trail and 1.6 miles for multi-use open to residents and visitors to escape into nature and experience one of the County’s most popular preserves. “Brumley is TLC’s most popular preserve, so when the opportunity […]

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Species Spotlight – The Invasive Callery Pear

March 10, 2022

Written by Patrick Boleman, Land Stewardship Manager East Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) With spring on the horizon, early-blooming plants are beginning to show their colors heralding the coming of warmer weather. Pinks from redbud trees, subtle reds from maples, and a myriad of colors from spring ephemerals are beginning to pop throughout the landscape. One […]

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Rattlesnake Range Conserved!

March 10, 2022

  So far, TLC staff hasn’t actually seen a timber rattlesnake on the newly conserved, Rattlesnake Range but that’s how we, or at least some of us, prefer it. This 76-acre property in northern Durham County is the third acquisition made by TLC in partnership with the National Guard Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) […]

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Exploring Green Burial Resting in a Green Space: Conservation Burial

February 10, 2022

Bluestem Conservation Cemetery, the first conservation burial ground in The Piedmont, will open in February on a gorgeous 90-acre property in Cedar Grove. Bluestem will place the property under a conservation easement to be held by Eno River Association and Triangle Land Conservancy. In 2015, long-time conservationists Jeff Masten and Heidi Hannapel started LandMatters to […]

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Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)

Species Spotlight: Chinese Privet

February 9, 2022

By Madeline Joslin, Williamson Preserve Community Engagement Associate AmeriCorps member Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) Ligustrum sinese, known commonly as Chinese privet, is of the genus Ligustrum which contains 50 species native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. European privet and Japanese privet are also invasive, but not as abundant or aggressive in the piedmont of […]

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Species Spotlight: Local Amphibians

January 13, 2022

By Hannah Royal, Stewardship Associate Local amphibians In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have nearly 30 species of frogs and toads and more than 60 species of salamanders. The state’s rich habitat diversity, spanning coast to mountains, supports a wide assortment of wildlife. Here in the Durham – Chapel Hill area, rainy summer nights […]

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Extending the Life of your Christmas Tree

December 28, 2021

By Madeline Joslin, Williamson Preserve Community Engagement Associate AmeriCorps There is nothing that sets off winter ennui quite like seeing Christmas tree carcasses tossed along the roadside in January. Live Christmas trees are undoubtedly better for the environment than artificial trees, but there are multiple ways to extend the use of your tree beyond the […]

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Species Spotlight: Nandina domestica

December 13, 2021

By Madeline Joslin, Williamson Preserve Community Engagement Associate AmeriCorps Nandina domestica You may have noticed one species starting to take center stage in the landscape as autumn slips into winter. Its berries resemble that of a native holly, but its foliage is distinct: fading from a pale green to a fiery red, it provides winter […]

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Species Spotlight: Eastern Redcedar

November 12, 2021

By Brenna Thompson, Land Protection Manager East Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) The beginning of winter is a time of austerity in Piedmont forests, and when all the showy leaves and flowers have faded and fallen we are left with more subtle features to enjoy. This is the time when the eastern redcedar really shines. Eastern […]

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Why we all need a will. Today.

November 11, 2021

We don’t realize how incredibly important having an updated will is, until it’s too late. On June 1, my mom called to say she couldn’t breathe well and was heading to the ER. The next day she pulled me aside and said do you remember the red folder? It’s in the white cabinet. Of course, I […]

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