- Associated Press - Friday, June 7, 2019

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - The Coastal Land Trust has completed the purchase of one of its “Top 40” priority conservation projects at the North Carolina coast.

Trust officials say in a news release on Friday that the group purchased more than 700 acres along the banks of the Neuse River across from the city of New Bern. The trust then transferred the property to the state of North Carolina for management by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

They say the area’s significant natural resources made it a priority for the trust to save. The property’s resources include freshwater marsh, cypress-gum swamp and forests of bottomland hardwoods, loblolly pine and longleaf pine.

Funding for the purchase came from state and federal agencies and grants. The purchase price wasn’t disclosed.

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