This 177-acre Preserve, located in Pender County, was purchased in two phases. The 1st phase (117 acres) was purchased in 2002 as the result of the Coastal Land Trust’s first capital campaign. The Coastal Land Trust dedicated the site to Dr. Bertram W. Wells, the late pioneer ecologist from NCSU and author of “The Natural Gardens of North Carolina” because of his research contributions associated with the now extirpated Big Savannah located a few miles south of the preserve. The B.W. Wells Savannah, referred to as the Ghost of Big Savannah, is home to over 170 native plant species including several rarities. The Coastal Land Trust has restored much of the rare savannah habitat and has initiated a prescribed burn program with grants from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the N.C. Wildflower Preservation Society and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. View our online resource guide here.
photos by Freda Wilkins