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For Immediate Release - Lumbee Tribe Celebrates Earth Day with Renewed Dedication to New Conservation Efforts to Ensure Environmental Health and Education for Future Generations

For Immediate Release - Lumbee Tribe Celebrates Earth Day with Renewed Dedication to New Conservation Efforts to Ensure Environmental Health and Education for Future Generations


Pembroke, NC (April 26, 2024) - The Lumbee Tribe of N.C. welcomed another Earth Day with new partners and a renewed commitment to plant seeds of renewal for generations to come. The Lumbee Tribe Agriculture and Natural Resources Department staff along with Tribal Council member Wendy Moore, partners from the Lumbee Cultural Burn Association, the NC Nature Conservancy, Lumbee Community Members and the Lumbee River Keeper came together on Monday at the Lumbee Culture Center to celebrate and honor Earth Day by planting blueberry bushes and Long Leaf Pine tree plugs. Both plants are native to North America and very prevalent in the Southeast United States. The blueberry bushes were planted along a new nature path that is being created to encourage physical exercise, healthy native foraging and ecological, agricultural and cultural education. The blueberries were purchased through grant funds with the goal to support healthy lifestyles.


The nature path at the Culture Center is being managed through controlled burning with a goal to restore longleaf pines to re-establish the Pine Savannah's that were historically there. Pine trees were graciously donated from the North Carolina State Parks. Along with plants, signs were mounted along trails to inform and educate Lumbee people on the research which is being conducted by biology students attending UNCP. Throughout the year, students from the UNCP Biology department visit the Culture Center to conduct research and observe plants, insects, wildlife, water quality and the changes each of these make from year to year.


The teams also posted signs near the power line easements to prohibit the spraying of herbicides. The signage was provided by Progress Energy to ensure new and existing native plants will not be killed due to the exposure of herbicide spraying near the power line easements.


Projects like this would not be possible without partnerships and participation from the community. Through support from Chairman John Lowery, Tribal Administration, Tribal Council, the community, grant funds and partnerships, the Lumbee Tribe and the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources can dedicate new efforts to new conservation projects to ensure a renewed commitment to environmental health and education for future generations.


See attached full press release 


Photos are new signage at Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center and planting of Blueberry bushes



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