Chestnut Creek Wetlands Natural Area Preserve
|Chestnut Creek Wetlands Natural Area Preserve|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Floyd County, Virginia|
|Nearest city||Willis, Virginia|
|Area||244 acres (99 ha)|
|Governing body||Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation|
Chestnut Creek Wetlands Natural Area Preserve is a 244-acre (99 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Floyd County, Virginia. Local wetlands support several rare species, while the upland slopes support northern hardwoods including beech, birch, and maple. The area has a long farming and grazing history, but the wetlands have survived, dominated by sedges and grasses with few trees and shrubs. The property was acquired using a voter-approved state government bond and a recovery grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, and it hosts an agricultural lease as of 2016[update]. It does not include improvements for public access, and visitors must make arrangements with a state-employed land steward prior to visiting.
- "Chestnut Creek Wetland State Nature Preserve". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Archived from the original on March 20, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
- "Chestnut Creek Wetlands Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 15, 2016.
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