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Purchase of tract protects land near Blue Ridge Parkway, hiking trail

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HENDERSONVILLE, North Carolina — The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has bought 10 acres in Jackson County to protect the land near the Blue Ridge Parkway and a newly opened part of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (http://bit.ly/15klwWv) the land can be accessed on the trail from Waterrock Knob or from the parkway near the Woodfin Cascades Overlook.

The property is between mileposts 449 and 450 on the parkway near the Fort Ridge Overlook.

The land rises to nearly 6,000 feet above sea level and contains a rare spruce-fir habitat.

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina has now conserved 54 properties on the Blue Ridge Parkway, totaling more than 31,000 acres.


Information from: Times-News, http://www.blueridgenow.com

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