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Great Coharie Swamp preservation tract
Sampson County

Acquired from The Nature Conservancy, this preservation tract protects nearly 5,000 acres of wetlands and more than 29 miles of streams in an extensive cypress-gum swamp.  Great Coharie Creek is part of a high-quality blackwater stream system feeding into the Black River.

Protection of the tract contributes to filtration of runoff from adjacent hog farms, and the corridor has been designated as Significant Natural Heritage Area by the state. 

Acquisition date: 12/17/04
Acres: 4,858

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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