Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration (CFACC)
Cape Fear Arch and Onslow Bight Prescribed Fire Partnerships
By Mansfield Fisher, The Nature Conservancy
From January through June 2018, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is providing a contract prescribed fire crew to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). TNC and NCWRC have partnered to increase fire capacity in the coastal plain for many years. The contract prescribed fire crew is the newest addition to this partnership and provides testimony to the importance of partnerships in restoring longleaf pine ecosystems. Not only is the fire crew supporting NCWRC in the Cape Fear Arch, but, after only a month, assisted NCWRC in the Onslow Bight, TNC in both the Cape Fear Arch and Onslow Bight landscapes, and the U.S. Forest Service in the Croatan National Forest.
Image 1: Prescribed fire crew at work. Photo by Matthew Grimes.