- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Eleven acres in Brunswick County are Virginia’s 62nd natural area preserve.

Called Dundas Granite Flatrock Natural Area Preserve, the privately owned property contains a granite outcrop. It also features a southern piedmont hardpan forest and two rare plants.

Those features are typical of natural preserves in Virginia, a system that contains more than 55,000 acres.

The latest addition is owned by Louis “Pee Wee” Powers of Chester. He grew up on the site and part of it was once owned by his family. Powers purchased the property in 2003.

The state partnered with the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation to secure the easement.

The property remains in private hands. Public access is prohibited.

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