by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth:
Over the course of the last two weeks I had the opportunity to participate in field trips with 3rd and 8th graders at PLC’s Knight Brown Nature Preserve. The preserve is a beautiful 190-acre piece of property that has three wonderful hiking trails. Each trail had stations set up and the kids hiked from one station to the next. They had the opportunity to learn about water quality, ecosystems, and the different species they encountered on their hike. I had the chance to refresh my memory and also learn a few new things. The best ...
by PLC Stewardship Director Ken Bridle:
Vision and the ability to see the world around us is very important to us. A large portion of our brain is dedicated to making sense of what we see around us. We also know that the brain has many short cuts and streamlining tricks to limit the amount of detail that we need to directly observe to make decisions about what we need to do next. If we catch sight of a long thin shape at the edge of the path our brain might jump to the conclusion that it’s a snake and our body is put on alert before we get a better look and ...
by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth:
Over the course of the last several weeks I had become increasingly frustrated with the constant use of electronics in my house. When I was a child I spent almost all of my time outside exploring the woods, investigating neat looking plants, and jumping over creeks. My son has grown up in a world overcome by T.V., PlayStation, online gaming, cell phones, Kindles, etc. While these items are great to have, they seem to take over sometimes no matter what limits are placed on them. With that in mind I decided a ...
A follow-on post about Wolf Island Prairie by PLC Land Owner Mike Vaughan:
Sharing a note from a recent morning after a late summer rain ....Because of the rain last night I figured that the Collies and I might find a Box turtle on our prairie walk this morning. Even so, I was surprised, when we’d only gotten about 150 feet from our house, to find a mating pair right on the edge of our drive. Fortunately, the Collies did not see them. I realized immediately that I didn’t want to break up their romance, but I did decide to walk up to them to try to find out if ...
by PLC Land Owner Mike Vaughan:
At the back of my mind, a little voice whispered an old Chinese saying that we should be careful what we ask of the gods.
It’s January 2016, and I’m talking to Brandon Price, whom I’ve contracted to carry out a prescribed burn on 20 acres of our land near Reidsville, NC. Aided by my wife and Collie dogs, I’ve worked since 2011 to turn those acres into a re-creation of a grassland/prairie such as we believe was common in the piedmont of the Carolinas when the European explorers arrived here in the 16th century.
The warm season ...
by PLC Executive Director Kevin Redding:
I recently had an opportunity to spend a day along the Dan River with biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. While I was hoping to sample the waters for some of the hard-fighting smallmouth bass known to roam the river, the biologists were focused a bit lower in the water table — identifying mussel species. To their credit they were much more successful in finding small little clam-like creatures on the river’s bottom than I was in landing a fish.
Freshwater mussels are the aquatic equivalent ...
This April, PLC is doing something special...something unique to our organization and important to our mission. Lindale Farm, Guilford County[/caption]
I suppose you could say that everything PLC does is special, unique and important. No two PLC projects are exactly the same but each one helps us reach our goal of connecting people with nature. But this is a little different, and we would love your involvement.
We are taking a bit of preserved North Carolina beauty to the nation’s capital. Piedmont Land Conservancy’s Forever These Lands photography exhibit will ...
It’s been a great week out at the Knight Brown Nature Preserve in Rockingham County! The trail system has gotten new, painted markers that are easier to see and more durable than the plastic markers that were used previously. Our hard working volunteers helped establish the new markers in just 2 half days of work! We had some wonderful warm and dry weather that made the workday a pleasant beginning to the coming Spring season. Thank you to our volunteers who gave their time and energy to make Knight Brown an even better place to get out and connect with nature! With the ...
By Michelle Leonard, Former PLC Board Member & Mayor Pro Tem of Bethania
“Where are you from?” It’s a commonly asked question here in the South and it’s one that sparks many fruitful conversations among friends and strangers alike. I’ve lived in Bethania for 14 years now, but it was at my very first community gathering in 2001 that I learned what it really means to be FROM Bethania!
It was the “Bethania Day” celebration and the Bethania Historical Society had planned an educational program and community gathering to honor the founding of the ...
By Greg Keener, PLC Development Director.
This is our one of our family dogs, Pilot. He is new to our family, a rescue who found his “forever home” with us in October. He’s still learning some of the house rules (my slippers are not toys, Pilot) but overall he is fitting into life with the Keeners, including our 15 year old small dog, Radio, who has shown him how things work for the quadrupeds.
His name was one of many we considered and we think it fits him pretty well. I think it’s just a good dog name, but it is also inspired by the town, state park and ...