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Mingo preservation tract
Caldwell and Wilkes counties

The Mingo tract represented one of the earliest and largest acquisitions in the EEP High Quality Preservation initiative. The tract is marked by waterfalls and rugged cliffs along the headwaters of Buffalo Creek, and is now managed for recreational uses by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission as the Buffalo Cove Game Land. High ridges and knobs surrounding deep ravines and valleys are home to many species of plants and animals, including black bear.

Approximately 14 miles of streams are located on the tract. The area has a high value for many types of recreation, including hunting, fishing, hiking, bird watching and photography, as well as nature research.

Acres: 5,648

Acquisition date: 12/03 

High Quality Preservation:

To qualify as high quality preservation sites, each parcel was approved for acquisition by an interagency committee comprised of staff from conservation organizations and regulatory agencies. These preservation sites add to existing conserved lands, contain critical habitats and rare or endangered species, protect outstanding resource waters and water-supply watersheds, or are significant natural areas.

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The N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program's mission is to restore and protect North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations while supporting responsible economic development.

EEP utilizes receipts from its programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.

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