- Associated Press - Friday, April 4, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - The U.S. Forest Service and the Conservation Fund have purchased a 212-acre mountain tract surrounded by the Pisgah National Forest.

The Charlotte Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1hbza2G ) the land in the Johns River watershed was part of a 750-acre tract, Backbone Ridge, which was to be developed.

The Conservation Fund bought Backbone Ridge in 2009 and 2010. Funding from the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund has allowed the Forest Service to acquire the latest portion.

The state of North Carolina has bought 250 acres for a state educational forest at Backbone Ridge.

The land is visible from Blowing Rock, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mountain. Conservationists say the land is valuable for its streams, waterfalls and forest.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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