Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve

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Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
Map showing the location of Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve
Location within Virginia
Location Roanoke County, Virginia
Nearest city Salem
Coordinates 37°14′10″N 80°05′30″W / 37.2362°N 80.0917°W / 37.2362; -80.0917Coordinates: 37°14′10″N 80°05′30″W / 37.2362°N 80.0917°W / 37.2362; -80.0917[1]
Area 925 acres (374 ha)
http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural_heritage/natural_area_preserves/poormt.shtml

Poor Mountain Natural Area Preserve is a 925-acre (374 ha) Natural Area Preserve located on Poor Mountain in Roanoke County, Virginia. The preserve has the world's largest population of the rare piratebush. The mountain derives its name from the fact that the soils on its slopes are poor, due to their base of metamorphosed sandstone bedrock. Table Mountain pine, hemlock, and oak woodland may be found on the ridgetop, as may huckleberry, blueberry, and mountain laurel.[2]

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