Stewardship

Stream Restoration at Swift Creek Bluffs

May 17, 2024

Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve offers unique experiences for visitors to connect with nature in a rapidly urbanizing environment. Over the past few years, Swift Creek Bluffs Preserve has experienced stream blockage from fallen trees, leading to altered stream flow and eroding streambank. Thanks to North Carolina’s Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program, TLC will be conducting a restoration project to remove the blockages and restore the stream.

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Small but mighty: Spring ephemerals in the Triangle

March 15, 2024

Spring ephemerals are a group of plants that emerge early in the spring and, as their name suggests, usually bloom and then disappear relatively quickly. As a group, these plants share a similar ecological strategy- just like the early bird might get the worm, by being the first to emerge, ephemerals are able to make the most of sunny conditions on the forest floor.

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Stewards in Action at Swift Creek Bluffs

February 15, 2024

Volunteers from Southern Wake Conservationists recently worked with TLC’s Patrick Boleman to remove Japanese honeysuckle at Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve to protect the beloved beech trees and other flora at this three-quarter-mile long preserve in the heart of Cary.

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Learning about Land with Blakely

December 27, 2023

By Blakely Durham, Education and Outreach Intern Fall 2023   It’s hard to imagine now, but prairies used to dominate the Piedmont. These areas were characterized by disturbance from grazing bison and frequent fires. Fires were initially the result of lightning but were then incorporated into the land management practices of Indigenous peoples.     Fire […]

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Bridging the Gap at Swift Creek Bluffs

October 14, 2023

By Cara Lewis, Senior Communications Manager Often described as an urban oasis, Swift Creek Bluffs Nature Preserve is a hidden gem inside the rapidly growing Triangle metropolis of Cary, NC. One of TLC’s smallest preserves, this precious and protected space is bound by housing developments, a golf course, and the increasingly busy Holly Springs Road.  […]

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Community Action Against Invasive Autumn Olive

August 4, 2023

One of TLC’s most popular public properties, Brumley Nature Preserve is home to 673 acres of mature hardwood, young pine, and alluvial forests that surround streams, wetlands, and ponds. It is also home to thriving populations of invasive species under its forest canopy. From Japanese stiltgrass to tree of heaven, these invaders and others continue […]

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Spotting the Spotted Lanternfly

June 16, 2023

By Laura Warman, Grants Manager You might remember hearing about spotted lanternflies (SLF, Lycorma delicatula) in the news (or on this blog!) last year. These planthoppers feed on the sap of many species of plants and can have very negative effects both on crops and natural systems. Not only is their feeding detrimental to their […]

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Look out for these invasive worms!

June 16, 2023

By Laura Warman, Grants Manager As we near summer and start spending more time out on the trails and in the garden, it’s a great time to be on the lookout for invasive species. As a quick reminder – native species can also be unruly, aggressive, and unpleasant for us but they evolved here and […]

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TLC Protects More of Important Aquatic Habitat in Johnston County

June 12, 2023

TLC is excited to announce the protection of 17 acres along Middle Creek in Johnston County!  This purchase marks the first time since the Bailey & Sarah Williamson Preserve that Johnston County has directly funded a TLC project. Last year, Johnston County committed $625,000 to local land-protection efforts, which has allowed TLC and partners to […]

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