With the Navy’s help, the Nature Conservancy has acquired 459 acres in
The Navy paid half the purchase price because the protected area will expand habitat for the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker and help buffer nearby Camp Lejeune firing ranges from development, the release says. The conservancy will restore the longleaf pine forest, the woodpeckers’ preferred habitat, through additional planting and controlled burning.
Hervey McIver, who leads the conservancy’s work in
“George Washington did sleep nearby,” he said. “We plan to call it Sage’s Ridge Preserve, named after Robert Sage who owned an inn nearby on the stagecoach line from
The Nature Conservancy and its partners have protected more than 67,000 acres in the region known as Onslow Bight, which is home to a wide array of plant species, many of them dependent on regular fire, according to the release.