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Biology Club Helps the Environment

Biology Club collects wiregrass seed
Pictured above (from left to right): Mariam Quambar, Ashley Allen, Trevor Fingland, Dr. Maria Santisteban, Travis Omasta, Timothy Hinton, and Tenita Jacobs (kneeling)

On Sunday (November 8, 2015), students from the UNC Pembroke Biology Club participated in a wiregrass seed collection at the Calloway Forest Preserve in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The club, along with the help of other volunteers, collected almost 30 bags of wiregrass seed. The seed will be used for ground cover restoration in several Nature Conservancy (TNC) preserves. The Nature Conservancy conducts controlled fires in the Calloway Forest Preserve and other preserves to improve the quality of the ecosystem for native species of plants and animals.

Wiregrass stand

Without these controlled fires, the environment would not be suitable for wiregrass reproduction. The fires are carefully planned, taking place at specific times of the year.  Wiregrass seed collection takes place from late October until early December.

If you are interested in volunteering or learning more about the Calloway Forest Preserve, visit or reach TNC by phone at 910-246-0300. You could also visit the TNC sandhills location in Southern Pines: PO Box 206, 140 SW Broad Street, Southern Pines, N.C., 28388.

wiregrass collectors

Article contributed by Ashley Allen, President of the Biology Club

For more information about the Biology Club, click here.  Drs. Maria Santisteban and John Roe are faculty co-advisors for the Biology Club

Bagging wiregrass

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