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The Triangle Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology is pleased to announce a 3-part tour of major conservation regions of North Carolina this spring!

1. March 19-21: Southeast Coastal Plain: we will camp down at the beach near Wilmington at Carolina Beach State Park, and help with a TNC workday on Saturday at their Green Swamp preserve. We'll also head to other conservation areas in that region, such as the Boiling Spring Lakes preserve.

2. April 16-18: Sandhills: We'll camp in the Sandhills Gamelands (60,000 acres of longleaf pine!), and visit with conservationists of a wide range of different groups, including TNC and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission

3. April 22-25: Mountains: We'll camp in the national forest near Asheville, and participate in an Earth Day invasive species workday at TNC's Bat Cave Preserve. We'll tour other mountain conservation areas the rest of the weekend. If you can't make it Thursday, you can still meet us on Friday.

Focus: The goal of the trips is to familiarize ourselves with real-world land and water conservation practices in North Carolina, by visiting the most biodiverse regions of the state. We will meet with professional conservationists and talk about the strategies they are employing, and help with stewardship activities such as invasive plant removal and trail maintenance. We should also have time for general natural history explorations/hiking tours of these beautiful areas. 

Cost: Free (except for your own meals and transportation - though we may subsidize transportation costs as well)

How to register: email Ron Sutherland at rws10@duke.edu

Max. Participants: Limited to the first 20 people to sign up for each trip, you can go on multiple trips