On December 29th we acquired 463 acres of land in Brunswick County! This new property is adjacent to the east side of the Green Swamp preserve and includes 100 acres of nice upland longleaf pine. We call it Pinch Gut Ridge. The funding for this acquisition came from a $450,000 Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) from the North Carolina Department of Justice, a $300,000 anonymous private donation, and $150,000 from Ducks Unlimited.
The Pinch Gut acquisition is good on so many levels. It will allow us to burn an area of the Green Swamp that in the past was unable to be accessed for fire. We will be able to plant trees and manage the longleaf that is there which will benefit plants and animals alike.
The Green Swamp is the largest preserve in our management area and we will continue to add to its acreage whenever we can.