- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Federal wildlife officials have announced the creation of a new wildlife refuge in the North Carolina mountains.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Jim Kurth was in North Carolina on Wednesday to make the announcement about the Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge in Ashe County.

A wildlife service news release says that the Nature Conservancy donated an easement on a 39-acre parcel of land in Ashe County for the refuge.

The release says that they hope to add to the refuge depending on the availability of funds for easements and acquisition. Money for such activities comes from fees on offshore oil and gas drilling leases.

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