SALT, its partners, and 1,300 people from the local area celebrated Earth Day (April 22nd) in a big way with the Party for the Pine in the meadow of the Weymouth Woods’ Sandhills-Nature Preserve’s Boyd Tract. The Party for the Pine is an annual celebration of the oldest-known longleaf pine tree, which we are fortunate to have in the NC Sandhills on state-protected land. This year the old tree turned 469 years old!
This is the second year that the Party was structured as a festival, and has grown into a 5-hour event filled with educational activities, interactive displays, and guided hikes designed to teach about the importance and management of the longleaf pine ecosystem. A large audience watched the demonstration controlled burn for the last hour of the event. Representatives from SALT’s Prescribed Burn Association initiative provided the interpretation of the burn to the crowd. This in-person exhibition illustrated how prescribed fire is routinely used in the Sandhills to keep longleaf woodlands healthy and reduce wildfires. Please see www.PartyForThePine.org for a gallery of photos and an overview of the day.
Funding for this event was provided in part through the Renewable Resources Extension Act (RREA).