The Nature Conservancy today announced the first annual “Flytrap Half Hell Haul.” The 7 K trail run through Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve in Brunswick County is designed to raise awareness of the Venus flytrap – a carnivorous plant found in the wild in a small portion of the world roughly within a 60-mile radius of Wilmington, North Carolina.
“The race is designed to shine a light on this amazing plant and its rare habitat. The population has been decreasing due to development, fire suppression, and poaching,” said the Conservancy’s Angie Carl, who is organizing the race. “The public should be aware of this rare gem that we have in our backyard. People travel from all over the world to come to our little corner of the earth to see this remarkable plant.”
Carl explained that Half Hell Swamp is the real name of the area that Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve is built on. “There are lots of colorful names on maps of southeastern North Carolina,” she said. “We thought it was fitting to revert to the swamp’s true name for this run. The swamp is a pretty cool place. Runners will get to see a nice longleaf pine savanna, lots of wildflowers and some flytraps. They’ll also see why we burn the area. The whole ecosystem is fire-dependent and you can really understand that when you run this trail. We just finished a burn in the area, so runners should see new growth, which is always really pretty in early spring.”
The race will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday March 23 at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center, which is located at 1 Leeds Road off of Hwy 87 South just south of Wilmington. The race kicks off the daylong Fire in the Lakes Festival, which celebrates the importance of fire to the local ecosystem. Runners who register prior to March 1 will receive a t-shirt with the race logo and prizes will be awarded in a variety of categories. You can find more about the race and register to run at: http://its-go-time.com/flytrap-7k-march-23 More information about the Fire in the Lakes festival is available at http://fireinthelakes.weebly.com/.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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