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2010-01-11 14:16:35

The Spanish government is hoping to save a dried wetland from an underground peat fire by unleashing floodwaters onto an expanse of the marsh now under threat due to past water mismanagement, The Associated Press reported. UNESCO recognizes the wetlands of Las Tablas de Daimiel National Park as environmentally valuable because of their importance to both resident and migrating birds. Waters were diverted over some 93 miles from the Tagus River and began pouring from an underground pipe onto...

2008-08-07 12:00:46

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot The fire that raged through more than 40,000 acres of North Carolina forest and farm land - and sent smoke into Hampton Roads - appears to be nearly extinguished. A multi agency fire-fighting force that had totaled nearly 600 had been reduced to 93 by Wednesday. The fire has burned for more than two months in and around the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge. "After the weekend, there should be less than 20 people assigned to...

2008-07-31 09:00:47

By RYAN HUTCHINS By Ryan Hutchins The Virginian-Pilot Officials have begun scaling back efforts to extinguish a wildfire that continues to smolder 50 miles west of the Outer Banks. "We're identifying people and equipment we don't need anymore," incident spokesman Roger Miller said by phone Wednesday. There are now 217 people assigned to control the blaze, down from about 250 last week. Miller said there hadn't been surface burning for several days and that some workers were...

2008-07-03 21:00:12

By The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jul. 3--With more than 3,200 wildfires in North Carolina so far this year, state forestry officials are urging people to skip the backyard fireworks this weekend. Many wildfires break out around the 4th of July because of sparklers, fountains, glow worms, smoke devices and trick noisemakers, officials of the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources said this week. They are encouraging people to view public fireworks displays...

2008-06-21 06:00:11

By Wade Rawlins, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 21--The fire in Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Eastern North Carolina has burned more intensely and spread more widely because of changes to the land in earlier decades to promote farming. Much of the swampy land blackened by the Evans Road fire is crosshatched with ditches and canals that lower the water level and make the ground suitable for growing crops. The drainage ditches also allow the carbon-rich peat soil...

2008-06-20 18:00:16

By Patrick Lynch, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jun. 20--No, your neighbor isn't just burning leaves again. Fires have burned 41,000 and 2,800 acres, respectively, in the Pocosin Lakes and Great Dismal Swamp national wildlife refuges. The Pocosin Lakes fire in North Carolina started June 1, sparked by lightning. A mishap with a piece of logging equipment started the Great Dismal Swamp fire June 9. Hence, it's been a little smoky. How bad has it been? Since the fires started, Hampton...

2008-06-16 06:00:17

By Matt Ehlers, The News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C. Jun. 16--The size of the wildfire burning in and around the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge may be atypical, but statistics show that its occurrence is anything but. There were 7,000 wildfires in North Carolina in 2007, according to the National Interagency Fire Center, and they burned more than 54,000 acres. As of Sunday, the wildfire in eastern North Carolina had burned more than 41,000 acres, with costs to fight it...


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Pond Pine, Pinus serotina
2014-05-16 10:40:26

Pond Pine (Pinus serotina) grows in the United States along the Atlantic coast from southern New Jersey south to Florida then west to southern Alabama. This pine grows in wet ground near ponds, and swamps and is also known as the marsh pine or pocosin pine. The pond pine is a small tree growing to heights of 82 feet with a trunk diameter of 2.6 feet. The tree tends to grow crooked and has several tops at the crown. The bark is scaly and reddish brown in color. The needles grow in bundles...

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