Catawba College students help preserve long-leaf pine forest

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 8, 2013

Catawba College environmental science and sustainable business students greeted the cold and clear first day of February by assisting the N.C. Zoological Park in management of a significant tract of longleaf pine in the Uwharrie region of northern Montgomery County.
The Nichols Tract, a 116-acre property containing one of the finest examples of a piedmont longleaf pine community in North Carolina, was recently purchased by the N.C. Zoological Park and Salisbury’s LandTrust for Central North Carolina.
The 17 Catawba students who participated in the work day were part of a natural resource management and ecology course taught by Catawba assistant professor of biology Dr. Jay Bolin.