SGA, Faculty and Chancellor Sartarelli Work to Preserve Campus Nature Spot

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Nearly 45 years after its dedication, the Herbert Bluethenthal Memorial Wildflower Preserve on UNCW’s campus is getting a spruce-up. UNCW's Student Government Association, Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and other members of campus will be rolling up their sleeves from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4 to further beautify the space.

Coinciding with the Student Government Association’s monthly day of service, SGA President Nicholas Pianovich ’20 says the work is a fantastic example of university officials working with all members of campus – from faculty to students – to address UNCW’s sustainability initiatives.

The 10-acre preserve (locate on campus map) honors the memory of Wilmington businessman Herbert Bluethenthal, There are multiple trails lined with cypress, pine, red maple and sweetgum trees. The natural area provides opportunities for not only scientific study but reflection for studies in art, creative writing and the enjoyment of a quiet, natural setting for a walk.

The preserve experienced considerable damage during 2018’s Hurricane Florence. Trees had to be cleared and some trails were washed out. This event will continue the cleanup work begun by Physical Plant staff and volunteers from the recent “Wings Up for Wilmington” service day.

Sweetwater Landscapes donated cedar mulch to repave the dirt walking trails. Officials and volunteers will pick up stray limbs, debris and plant several trees. Faculty member Roger Shew will discuss the importance of this work and lead a short tour of the preserve. The event is open to the campus and members of the public. 

-- Caroline Cropp