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150 acres protected in Jackson County

An additional 150 acres of land in Jackson County has been conserved with Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. 

High Knob, a 5,200-foot peak of climate-resilient landscape, will be protected forever by a conservation easement. 

This landscape is home to 6,350 linear feet of streams, rare high-elevation seep communities, rare boulder fields, a mix of oak forests and the rare high-elevation rocky summit community. Also found there are the eastern small-footed bat, the N.C. state rare/threatened small yellow lady’s-slipper orchid and the tawny crescent butterfly. Brown creepers, yellow-bellied sapsucker and winter wrens have also been sighted. 

The site is within view of the Blue Ridge Parkway, and its conservation protects the Parkway’s viewshed.

This project has been supported by funding from the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and through the Open Space Institute’s Resilient Landscapes Initiative. High Knob is the latest of over 3,000 acres permanently conserved through the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust. 

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