Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve

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Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve
Location Augusta County, Virginia
Nearest city Stuarts Draft
Coordinates 38°01′20″N 79°03′30″W / 38.0223°N 79.0582°W / 38.0223; -79.0582[1]Coordinates: 38°01′20″N 79°03′30″W / 38.0223°N 79.0582°W / 38.0223; -79.0582[1]
Area 63 acres (25 ha)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve is a 63-acre (25 ha) Natural Area Preserve located in Augusta County, Virginia, along the western slope of the Blue Ridge in the Shenandoah Valley. It preserves both mesic and wet prairie habitats, as well as a calcareous spring-fed marsh; these areas contain eleven regionally rare rare plants such as queen-of-the-prairie, blueflag iris, and marsh-speedwell. Although common in the Midwest, these plants occur only at a handful of sites in Virginia.[2]

The preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. It does not include improvements for public access, and visitors must make arrangements with a state-employed land steward prior to visiting.[2]

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  1. ^ "Cowbane Prairie State Nature Preserve". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Archived from the original on March 30, 2012. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Cowbane Prairie Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 17, 2016. 

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