Sunday, April 20, 2008
Highlights of Harris Lake Earth Day Celebrations
Mechanical Bull Ride!!!
Alternate Fuel Racing Game
Checking out different fish caught from Harris Lake
Wally Pog the Frog
Something we learned...
The Long Leaf Pine Ecosystem is endangered (Different from the Lob Lolly Pine which is very common). There are not very many long leaf pine forests anymore. They are a fire dependent species because they grow at a much slower rate than other trees and grasses and often die out because they don't get the water and sunlight they need. They are naturally fire resistant and wild fires burn out the other grasses and trees so that they can thrive. Harris lake had a hay ride that took us to a long leaf pine forest they are creating. It was pretty neat and is alway open to the public. They said you can often see wildlife and deer back there. The trees were planted about 12 years ago and the Park has have burning cycles that alternate every couple of years until the long leaf pines reach a certain height and are out of danger.