Nature Conservancy to add land to Cumberland state park

Posted July 14, 2011 11:11 a.m. EDT

— The Nature Conservancy recently purchased 390 acres adjacent to the planned Carvers Creek State Park, with plans to eventually donate the land to the state to expand the park, officials said Thursday.

“This is a beautiful, important property,” Ryan Elting, the group’s Sandhills Program director, said in a statement. “We’ll thin trees, plant native grass seed and longleaf pines and re-introduce controlled burns as part of our work on the site. It is amazing to see how the restoration process brings out the biological potential of a property like this and creates something more ecologically and aesthetically rich.”

The Nature Conservancy did similar restoration work on the properties it has already transferred to the park. Working with Fort Bragg and North Carolina’s conservation trust funds, the group has been responsible for acquiring nearly all of the land now designated as Carvers Creek State Park.