The Cedars Natural Area Preserve

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The Cedars Natural Area Preserve
The Cedars Natural Area Preserve.jpg
Cedars with some prairie plants in the foreground at The Cedars Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of The Cedars Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of The Cedars Natural Area Preserve
Location Lee County, Virginia
Coordinates 36°40′N 83°10′W / 36.667°N 83.167°W / 36.667; -83.167[1]Coordinates: 36°40′N 83°10′W / 36.667°N 83.167°W / 36.667; -83.167[1]
Area 1,797 acres (7.27 km2)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

The Cedars Natural Area Preserve is a Natural Area Preserve located in Lee County, Virginia. It protects rare plant and animal species adapted to the unique conditions of a karst landscape.

History[edit]

The Cedars Natural Area Preserve began as a 50-acre (0.20 km2) procurement by The Nature Conservancy in 1996. The following year, the land was transferred to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation to be managed as a Natural Area Preserve. Additional lands were added to the preserve in the ensuing years.[2] In 2015, a state grant provided $317,711 to expand the preserve through purchase of an additional 150 acres (0.61 km2), including 6,170 feet (1,880 m) of frontage along the Powell River.[3]

Description[edit]

The Cedars Natural Area Preserve is located in Lee County near the Powell River, within a 30-to-40-square-mile (78 to 104 km2) region of karst landscape that is known as "The Cedars". The limestone bedrock in such karst regions is easily eroded, leading to thin soils, sinkholes, caves, and losing streams. The 1,797-acre (7.27 km2) preserve's glades and woodlands comprise a rocky and rugged landscape that serves as a haven for numerous rare plants adapted to the habitat.[4] The preserve also protects habitat for the loggerhead shrike, a rare bird within Virginia.[2]

Regionally rare plants found within the preserve include:[5]

Public access[edit]

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.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Copenheaver, Carolyn A.; Kyle, Kevin H.; Stevens, Glen N.; Kamp, Matthew H. (October 2005). "Comparing Juniperus virginiana tree-ring chronologies from forest edge vs. forest interior positions in the Cedars Natural Area Preserve in Virginia, USA" (PDF). Dendrochronologia. 23 (1): 39–45. doi:10.1016/j.dendro.2005.07.002. 
  2. ^ a b Winegar, Deane; Winegar, Garvey (2002). Highroad Guide to the Virginia Mountains. John F. Blair, Publisher. p. 82. ISBN 9780895872777. 
  3. ^ "State grant to secure addition for The Cedars in Lee". Kingsport Times-News. September 23, 2016. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "The Cedars Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dingwell, Suzanne (October 3, 2015). "Adding Land to Cedars Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Native Plant Society. Retrieved December 14, 2016. 

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