New nature preserve announced in Pender County
The Nature Conservancy announced the acquisition of 459 acres in Pender County. Half of the purchase price will come from the U-S Navy as the protected area will help buffer Camp Lejeune firing ranges from development. The Conservancy plans to restore a long-leaf pine forest to the area in order to expand habitat for the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The land also has some historical significance. Harvey McIver with the Nature Conservancy says that “George Washington did sleep nearby.” The land will be named the Sage’s Ridge Preserve after the owner of an inn where the 1st President stayed during his 1791 southern tour. I’m George Olsen.