The Nature Conservancy North Carolina

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) North Carolina works to protect the natural wonders of North Carolina and conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The Orton Foundation supports TNC’s work with longleaf pine restoration in the Coastal Plain of North Carolina.

Longleaf pine forests are fire dependent. Without burning, they will disappear along with the plants and animals that live there, including carnivorous Venus flytraps that only grow in a small corner of the universe roughly 75 miles around Wilmington, and federally endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers. Controlled burning also removes fuel that could drive wildfires with the potential to harm people and structures.

Longleaf pine forests are fire dependent: without burning, they will disappear, as will the plants and animals dependent on this ecosystem.

  • TNC is a signatory of America’s Longleaf Range-wide Conservation Plan, a goal to maintain and restore biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability across the historic range of the longleaf pine forest
  • Through controlled burning, TNC reduces the threat of catastrophic wildfire that can damage human health and property as well as longleaf pine forests
  • In 2016, TNC protected 4,671 acres of longleaf pine forests, Roanoke River flood plains, and mountain wetlands including a 966-acre parcel in Brunswick County that is home to rare species such as Venus flytraps and gopher frogs
  • TNC launched its 2017 controlled burn season in Southeastern North Carolina, planning to burn several thousand acres on its preserves in Brunswick, Pender, Bladen, Columbus, and Onslow counties. TNC is also burning on the newly acquired Orton Creek tract in Southeastern Brunswick County. This 968-acre tract, which lies just south of Boiling Spring Lakes, contains good stands of longleaf pine that will benefit from the reintroduction of fire. Restoration of that property, including this year’s controlled burns, is funded by a grant from Louis Bacon’s Orton Foundation.

Learn more about Nature Conservancy’s work with longleaf pines forests here.