NRLT Donates Land to Expand Natural Area Preserve

Camp Branch Natural Area Preserve Photo: DCR

NRLT has donated a 66-acre property in Floyd County to the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, completing a conservation project that began several years ago and involved numerous public and private partners. The land is now permanently protected as part of the Camp Branch Wetlands Natural Area Preserve.

The property protects important habitat for the Appalachian Snaketail dragonfly, which is considered globally vulnerable and imperiled in Virginia, as well as 15 acres of wetlands and headwater streams for the New River.

“This project speaks to the necessity of strong partnerships for successful land conservation,” DCR Natural Heritage Program Director Jason Bulluck said. “And, the New River Land Trust is among our most dedicated and collaborative partners. They share our goal of conserving Virginia’s biodiversity, and the natural heritage resources of the New River Valley are exceptional.”

Camp Branch Wetlands Natural Area Preserve was established in 2007. The lands are dedicated as part of the Virginia Natural Area Preserve System, a network of lands permanently protected to conserve Virginia’s biodiversity and significant natural communities

Habitat for the imperiled Appalachian Snaketail dragonfly is protected by the additional acres. Photo: DCR

“The New River Land Trust is glad to have played a role in expanding the Camp Branch Wetlands Natural Area Preserve and would like to thank the many folks who helped get these ecologically rich wetland acres under the management and ownership of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Division of Natural Heritage,” NRLT Executive Director John Eustis said. “The Land Trust would especially like to thank the Cannaday family for their belief in a conservation future for their family land.”