NCNPS Fall Outing – Save the Date Oct. 15, 2022
The Fall 2022 Society field trip on October 15, 2022 will focus on longleaf pine ecosystems of the Sandhills, including the diversity of plants that grow with longleaf pines and management practices needed to sustain these ecosystems. We will visit three properties in the western Sandhills that are only open by invitation. The three are within close proximity in western Moore County.
● Eastwood Preserve: NC Dept. of Agriculture Plant Conservation Program property
● LighterWood Farm: Private landowner, coordinator of NC Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association
● Nick’s Creek Longleaf Reserve: owned by a conservation non-profit organization for longleaf pine forest management and restoration
Fall is the time to see the highest number of blooming plants in the Sandhills. Particularly noteworthy are the striking fall gentian (Gentiana autumnalis), several distinctive sandhills milkweeds, blazing stars and gayfeathers, goldenrods, numerous asters and threadleaf gerardia.