Local residents work to preserve prairie land in the Piedmont

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ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. – Mike Vaughan of Rockingham County enjoys walking through Wolf Island Prairie.

“It’s the grasses and the way they roll on the land in the wind.  It’s just great.”

Vaughan helps maintain the 20-acre stretch of natural Piedmont grassland. At one point, it was easy to find Piedmont prairies.

But farmland and housing construction is removing what little prairie land is left. That’s why Vaughan and other land owners are working with the Piedmont Land Conservancy in order to keep their land natural for years to come.

“This has been coming along for some time,” says Piedmont Land Conservancy Stewardship Director Ken Bridel. “People have been thinking about piedmont prairies for years.”

And Mike Vaughan is looking to make his piedmont prairie even better. This Saturday, volunteers will help Vaughan plant over one thousand prairie flowers. The flowers will provide cover for small animals as well as produce small seeds birds like to eat.

“Even if no one comes out here,” says Bridel. “The resources, the birds, the insects that like this environment, they will always be available.”

The prairie planting will take place Saturday, October 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Wolf Island Prairie in Rockingham County.

If you want to volunteer contact Lynne Dardanell at ldardanell@piedmontland.org.

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