State acquires 36 acres for Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve

Morehead City

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management has purchased 35.6 acres in Dare County to be added to the Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve.

The acquisition of the Little Colington Island peninsula, known as Meter Point, took place in January and will conserve critical habitats and the benefits these natural communities provide. The tract was purchased with funds from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant Program and a donation by the landowner, 130 of Chatham, LLC.

“The Meter Point tract is a significant addition to the Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve,” said Braxton Davis, director of the Division of Coastal Management. “The acquisition will ensure long-term habitat protection and contribute to enhanced water quality, fisheries, natural heritage, and cultural site preservation.”

The Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve protects nearly 1,900 acres of one of the largest remaining high-quality maritime forests in North Carolina. The purchase of the Meter Point tract protects additional maritime forest and wetland habitats that host rare plant communities and several protected species.

In addition to protecting the habitats within the property, the acquisition of the Meter Point tract also benefits the surrounding waters of Kitty Hawk Bay and the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary, a nationally designated estuary of significance, by helping to maintain the water quality and aquatic habitats that support commercial and recreational fisheries in the those waters.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve protects natural areas for education, research and compatible traditional uses. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 44,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.

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