Please join us for a walking tour to learn about the wetlands at Richardson-Taylor Preserve. This Carolina Wetlands Association Wetland Treasure site is located in the upper watershed of Jordan Lake water supply which makes these wetlands especially important for water quality protection and water supply for hundreds of thousands of community members. The tour will be led by Tristan Bailey, Marketing and Special Events Coordinator and will be 1 ½ to 2 hours long, and is limited to 10 participants.
Please join us for a walking tour to learn about the wetlands at Carolina Beach State Park. Come explore the three wetland types that include pocosin, limestone sinks, and brackish marsh. The tour will be led by Stephanie Covell, Carolina Beach State Park Ranger and will be 1 ½ to 2 hours long. The tour is limited to 25 participants.
Please join us for a walking tour to learn about the wetlands at Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. This Carolina Wetlands Association Wetland Treasure site is a breathtaking representation of sandhill longleaf habitat, and the longleaf pine seep wetlands that occur in this vegetative community. The tour, limited to the first 10 participants, will be led by a park ranger , and will be 1 ½ to 2 hours long.
May is the perfect time of the year to celebrate wetlands across North and South Carolina. Plants and animals have awoken from their winter slumber and are ready for your enjoyment. The pollen is mostly gone and days are warm (but not too hot) making for good opportunities for hiking, birding, paddling and just exploring a wetland near you.
The Carolina Wetlands Association invites your to visit one our Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas. They are found through North Carolina and South Carolina from the mountains to the coast. Use our interactive map to find a place to visit near you.
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We are hosting tours to our 2021 Wetland Treasures of the Carolians. Registration is limited so sign-up early.
- Weymouth Woods Nature Preserve in Moore County, NC
- Tour Date: Saturday, May 14 – Register here
- Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County, NC
- Tour: Sunday, May 23- Register here
- Richardson-Taylor Preserve in Guilford County, NC
- Tour Date: Saturday, June 5 – Register here
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May is American Wetland Month, so I hope you all are celebrating our wetlands and the value they bring to us all. We have had two of our Wetland Treasure tours, Woods Bay and Santee Coastal Preserve, both in SC, and they were a lot of fun. Thanks to everyone who participated. The tours were very informative and attendees learned a lot about our wetlands. We have three more tours to go so be sure to check them out; there is open space for the tours at Croatan National Forest and Merchants Mill Pond.
Also during American Wetland Month, we hope you will remember your organization. We are completing our 3-year Strategic Plan and will be taking steps to implement the plan. We will make it available publicly once the Board approves it in July. In order to implement the plan, we will need much more funding and people resources and that is where you come into play. Please consider making a donation to the organization during American Wetlands Month, both financially and time! Let us hear from you.
Now go out and explore a wetland!
Raleigh, NC – Carolina Wetlands Association joins wetlands enthusiasts all over the country to raise public awareness about the beauty and importance of the nation’s wetlands during April, Earth Month. To promote the importance of wetland ecosystems, the Carolina Wetlands Association announces its fourth class of Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas. Wetland Treasures contain ecologically valuable wetlands, protected by conservation plans, and diversity of plants and animals.
“We are thrilled to celebrate these Wetland Treasures,” said Carrie Caviness, coordinator of this project. “We hope Carolinians will take pride in our wetland heritage, and we owe a great deal of gratitude to the organizations and agencies that are protecting these natural treasures,” said Caviness. The 2019 Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas are as follows (click on links to view a factsheet):
- Bluff Mountain Fen in Ashe County, NC
- Wetland Type: Southern Appalachian Fen
- Tour: Sunday, May 19- Register here
- Croatan National Forest in Craven, Carteret, and Jones Counties, NC
- Wetland Types: Pocosin, Carolina Bays, marshes and more!
- Tour: Saturday, May 18- Register here
- Merchants Millpond in Gates County, NC
- Wetland Type: Cypress Gum Swamp (Blackwater)
- Tour Date: Saturday, June 8- Register here
- Santee Coastal Preserve in Charleston County, SC
- Wetland Types: Cypress Lake, Saltwater marshes, Carolina Bays
- Tour Date: Saturday, May 11- Register here
- Woods Bay in Florence, Clarendon and Sumter Counties, SC
- Wetland Type: Carolina Bay
- Tour Date: Saturday, May 4 – Register here
“We are offering tours of all our 2019 wetland treasure sites starting the first weekend in May thru June 8. We invite Carolinians to come experience the beauty, wonder and ecology of wetlands up close with us,” said Rick Savage, President of the Carolina Wetlands Association. Field tours details are listed above, as well as on the Carolina Wetlands Association website at carolinawetlands.org.
Wetlands play an important role in both the ecology and economy of the Carolinas. They are beautiful, magical places and are sanctuaries for people and wildlife. These hardworking ecosystems provide natural flood control and filter runoff, which helps keep our rivers, lakes, and drinking water clean.
Carolina Wetlands Association thanks the Wisconsin Wetlands Association, whose Wetland Gems program is the model for this program. Carolina Wetlands Association promotes the understanding, protection, restoration, and enjoyment of North and South Carolina’s wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy. More information online at carolinawetlands.org.