Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Springer's Point

The temperature this evening was a balmy 60 degrees. It was a pleasant bike ride under partly cloudy skies and a waxing moon. Dozens of people had gathered at Sue & Ed Norvell's home to celebrate last year's acquisition by the NC Coastal Land Trust of 31 acres at Springer's Point and the recent purchase of 91 adjacent acres of the McWilliams tract.

Springer's Point, on the western edge of Ocracoke village, with its hummocks of twisted old live oak, yaupon, red bay, and red cedar trees hosts one of the largest and most diverse nesting rookeries in the state, featuring eight species of ibis, heron, and egret. The dunes beside the sandy beach are covered with flowering yucca, sea oxeye, and seaside morning glories. Biologists consider this spot to be of statewide significance because of its maritime forest and importance to wading birds.

The NC Coastal Land Trust is seeking financial support for Springer's Point forest restoration, preserve amenities, educational materials, & annual maintenance. You can read more about Springer's Point here: http://www.coastallandtrust.org/pages/current_campaigns.html. You can make an on-line contribution here: http://www.coastallandtrust.org/pages/join_us.html.

Springer's Point is truly an Ocracoke treasure. We are delighted to know that it will be preserved and protected for us and for future generations.




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