2/2/20 Harris Lake Park Field Trip

Julie Moore led this trip to the Wake County Park with Long Leaf Pines on 2/2/2020. Member, Jackie Trickle, is also a Park Manager.

Julie Moore introducing us to the Long Leaf Pine restoration program at Harris Lake County Park.
Julia Moore introducing the Long Leaf Pine restoration program at Harris Lake County Park.
discussing the controlled burns and restoration program
Jackie Trickel, Asst. Park Manager discussing the controlled burns and restoration program
Long Leaf needle - about 12” long
Long Leaf needle – about 12” long

Long Leaf seedling
Long Leaf seedling
Longleaf Pine grass stage
Grass stage – up to 7 years establishing tap root
Long Leaf pine first growth spurt
Beginning of the growth spurt

Long Leaf Pines
Long Leaf Pines
Longleaf pine showing evidence of survival of controlled burn
Evidence of survival of controlled burn.
small and large long leaf pinecones
Small cone – first year. Large, mature cone (seed bearing) – second year

Seed inside long leaf pine cone
Seed inside cone.
Long leaf pine seeds.
Seeds are disbursed through wind and must land on bare ground to be viable.
Bluestem grass
Bluestem