Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve

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Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve
Virginia Natural Area Preserve
Buffalo Mountain summit Virginia.jpg
Near Buffalo Mountain's treeless summit
Country United States
State Virginia
County Floyd County
Coordinates 36°47′45″N 80°28′37″W / 36.79583°N 80.47694°W / 36.79583; -80.47694Coordinates: 36°47′45″N 80°28′37″W / 36.79583°N 80.47694°W / 36.79583; -80.47694
Area 1,140 acres (461 ha)
Owner Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Location of Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve in Virginia

Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve is a 1,140-acre (4.6 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in Floyd County, Virginia.[1]

The preserve covers the summit and slopes of Buffalo Mountain, a 3,960-foot (1,210 m) peak in southwest Virginia.[2] It is open to the public and includes a small parking area from which an approximately one-mile-long (1.6 km) trail may be traversed to reach the summit.[1]

The treeless summit is home to rare plant species including three-toothed cinquefoil and Rocky Mountain woodsia; other rare plants, such as bog bluegrass and large-leaved grass-of-Parnassus, are found at seeps along the mountain's base. In total, the preserve protects thirteen rare plant occurrences, three rare animal occurrences, and six significant natural communities.[1] Buffalo Mountain is also the only place in the world where the mealybug Puto kosztarabi is known to live.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Buffalo Mountain Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Buffalo Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 
  3. ^ Miller, Douglass R.; Miller, Gary L. (October 30, 1993). "A new species of Puto and a preliminary analysis of the phylogenetic position of the Puto group within the Coccoidea (Homoptera: Pseudococcidae)" (PDF). Jeffersonia (4): 9. ISSN 1061-1878. Retrieved July 3, 2016. 

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