Special Project – Blackwood Field

Duke Forest staff are working to maintain a “Piedmont prairie” which aims to benefit North Carolina’s botanical roots.  Records dating from the time of European colonization indicate that local vegetation consisted of a vast mosaic of forests and native grasslands.  However, “settling” of the land resulted in changes in succession patterns through agricultural clearing, reduction in fire and introduction of non-native species.  Today, fragmentation and urbanization also threaten natural systems.  With the help of botanists and volunteers, the staff restored a field in the Blackwood Division to one of these historical ecosystems.

Blackwood Field in 2016

Blackwood Field in 2016 (Before)

Blackwood Field in 2017 (After)

Blackwood Field in 2017 (After)


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