Fans of Venus Flytraps to Celebrate at Flytrap Brewery
Fans of Venus Flytraps are invited to celebrate a new law that makes flytrap poaching a felony. Under prior law, flytrap poaching was only a misdemeanor. The new law, which becomes effective December 1, makes flytrap poaching a class H felony, punishable by up to 25 months in prison. The public is invited to raise a glass of Rehder Red Ale (or whatever other beverage they would like to purchase) in a salute to the Venus Flytrap, and in appreciation for the new law.
Rep. Ted Davis, Jr., who led the effort in the General Assembly to make this change, will be present at the celebration, as will Julie Rehder, daughter of Stanley Rehder, and other flytrap supporters and area conservationists. The celebration will be held at the area’s newest brewery, Flytrap Brewing. Mike Barlas, owner and brewer of Flytrap Brewing, will donate $1 to the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust for every pint of Rehder Red Ale sold to the public that day. Rehder Red Ale is named in memory of Stanley Rehder, Wilmington’s champion of the Venus Flytrap, and the creator of the native plant garden that is now managed by the City of Wilmington as the Stanley Rehder Carnivorous Plant Garden. The Coastal Land Trust holds a conservation easement over the Garden, and hosts an annual “Flytrap Frolic” each spring; next year’s Flytrap Frolic at the Garden will be Saturday, April 25, 2015.
“We hope that by elevating the charge to a felony, people will think twice about stealing our natural heritage,” said Camilla Herlevich, Director of the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. “Thanks to Rep. Ted Davis, Jr. for leading the effort to make this change, which is important for southeast North Carolina.”