Low Water Bridge Preserve: Comprehensive Management Plan Prepared for the LandTrust for Central North Carolina
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In the face of non-native invasive species, historical land use change, and non-point source pollution, natural areas are often in need of active management in order to maintain biodiversity, habitat quality, and the ability to provide ecosystem services. The LandTrust for Central North Carolina owns the 1,288-acre Low Water Bridge Preserve in northern Montgomery County. This property has high conservation value due to its river frontage, buffer quality, rare plants and animals, and other conservation factors. The goal of this project was to provide detailed recommendations for the property’s unique features. Historical and scientific research as well as field studies were conducted over the past year in order to provide practical recommendations for property management. Included in this project are restoration plans for three loblolly plantations, recommendations for the protection and propagation of a unique Eastern white pine stand, recreational recommendations, and recommendations for an abandoned quartz quarry. Additionally, a streamside salamander survey was conducted in order to establish a baseline of species richness. Finally, a long-term strategy for the future of the property is discussed. This management plan focused on ways to enhance Low Water Bridge Preserve while staying true to the LandTrust’s mission to conserve Piedmont natural history and offer recreational opportunities.
CitationVasto, Alicia (2013). Low Water Bridge Preserve: Comprehensive Management Plan Prepared for the LandTrust for Central North Carolina. Master's project, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/6876.
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