December 29, 2015
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By IRENE NOLAN
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust announced that it has recently
acquired 24 acres of barrier island hammock and marshes on the east
side of Ocracoke village.
Located between Cape Hatteras National Seashore and the Ocracoke
Community Ball Field, the land's preservation is a critical
conservation addition to the island, the Coastal Land Trust said in a
"Conservation of the property protects habitat for bird species such as
seaside sparrow, saltmarsh sparrow, black rail, yellow rail, and
painted buntings, and also protects the scenic view from Highway
12," according to the release.
The property was conveyed to the Coastal Land Trust by the Ocracoke
Preservation Society, a community-based organization dedicated to
Ocracoke Island’s historical and cultural heritage. Philip Howard,
President of Ocracoke Preservation Society, said, “We are delighted to
be able to partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust in
preserving this significant tract of undeveloped land, both because of
its environmental importance, and because of its potential to provide
islanders and visitors with an appreciation for the beauty and
significance of a pristine Outer Banks marsh.”
The property was originally donated to Ocracoke Preservation Society by Ross Lampe and family of Smithfield, N.C.
The Coastal Land Trust hopes eventually to construct a nature walkway
and interpretive signage on this newly-acquired property to enhance its
enjoyment by the community. An additional management goal will be
eradication or control of an invasive plant species, phragmites, along
one boundary of the property.
The Coastal Land Trust also owns and manages the island’s largest
nature preserve, Springer’s Point Nature Preserve, located on the west
side of Ocracoke village.
“Ocracoke Island is such a special place,” said Lee Leidy, Northeast
Director of the Coastal Land Trust. “We are delighted to be involved in
preserving one of the largest remaining tracts of undeveloped land in
the village. This conservation tract will be a great asset to the
community, especially because it adjoins the exciting new Community
Ball Field, which is the island’s first sports field. We are so pleased
to work with the wonderful residents of Ocracoke Island once again.”
With this new tract, the Coastal Land Trust becomes the largest non-government land owner on Ocracoke Island.
The Coastal Land Trust received two grants that helped defray, in part,
its acquisition expenses -- one from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and one from the Conservation Trust of North Carolina. Additional funds
are being sought in the amount of $5,000.
The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust works to save lands at the coast,
for the benefit of all North Carolinians. A membership
organization, the Coastal Land Trust has helped save 65,000 acres of
land in 22 coastal counties of the state since 1992. The Coastal
Land Trust has offices in Elizabeth City, Wilmington, and New Bern.
For more information on North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, please visit www.CoastalLandTrust.org and join the e-mail list.