New Law Aims to Deter Venus Flytrap Poaching: Is It Working?

Sep 22, 2015
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The cottage industry of Venus flytrap poaching has long threatened this iconic carnivorous plant of southeastern North Carolina. The crime used to be a misdemeanor, but at the start of this year, it became a felony, with a maximum penalty of up to 25 months in jail. As the first felony cases wrap up in Pender County, WHQR investigates whether the change in the law is working to deter poaching.

Venus flytraps are considered a species of concern, meaning the population is in decline and in need of conservation . Flytrap poaching runs counter to such preservation efforts.

Coastal Land Trust

More than 10 square miles of natural wildlife habitat in Brunswick County are now protected from development. 


Following one of his commentaries last April, on the subject of managing water as an essential natural resource, someone asked via this station’s website, “Andy, what’s the solution?” As we enter 2014, commentator Andy Wood offers these thoughts regarding the imperative issue of wise resource management.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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NC Coastal Land Trust

A conservation group has partnered with the Marine Corps to preserve nearly 700 acres of land in Carteret County.  The land is located beneath airspace near Cherry Point that's used for training runs for pilots.  Camilla Herlevich is Executive Director of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust.