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Nags Head Woods Preserve Grows

The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 20-acre tract at Nags Head Woods. The property lies in the middle of the preserve, running from the high ground deciduous maritime forest to the brackish marsh community on the sound side.


Durham | September 21, 2012

The Nature Conservancy has purchased a 20-acre tract at Nags Head Woods. The property lies in the middle of the preserve, running from the high ground deciduous maritime forest to the brackish marsh community on the sound side. 

This is some of the highest property in the preserve. This is great habitat and with the work of our partners, donors and willing land owners it will remain that way,” said Conservancy Steward Aaron McCall. Conservation Resources Director Fred Annand has had his hand in most of the acquisition work at the preserve dating to the early 1980s. He helped McCall with the latest purchase, which Annand describes as a “great ecological transect” and notes that if development had occurred on the property it would likely have extended into the water. “If it had been developed, it is almost certain that there would have been an extensive dock constructed to the sound as well.” 

The Town of Nags Head contributed $25,000 toward the $545,000 purchase with the balance coming from a bequest and longtime Conservancy supporters Fred and Alice Stanback.

There are no plans to change the property. No new trails will be added to the area. Like the rest of the preserve, the new tract feels more like the Piedmont, or even the mountains, than it does the beach. Large oaks, huge American hollies and beech trees cover the higher elevation part of the property.  

The Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve is now approximately 1200-acres. It is open to the public from dawn until dusk every day of the week. Its trail system was recently expanded to include a trail that is accessible to people with disabilities. 

More information about the preserve is available at http://www.nature.org/nagsheadwoods.


The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.

Contact information

Debbie Crane
Director of Communications
The Nature Conservancy - North Carolina Chapter
4705 University Drive, Suite 290
Durham, NC 27707
(919) 794-4373
dcrane@tnc.org

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