Biology major, Jessica Roach, is fascinated by the Venus flytrap and she has taken action to protect this vulnerable plant species indigenous to southeastern North Carolina. The flytrap is frequently poached in the Cape Fear area — a federal crime — and Roach decided that she had had enough.
Last October, Roach submitted a proposal to the Pleasure Island Chamber of Commerce to fund a greenhouse on Carolina Beach. She pointed out that she did it “because the public loves Venus flytraps. It’s the state's carnivorous plant. The whole world knows what they are and the whole world finds them fascinating but what they don’t know is how vulnerable they really are.”
Roach hopes the greenhouse will be a way for the public to view the plants up close and raise awareness to just how often the delicate plants are poached in the area.