BOILING SPRINGS WILDERNESS
Unique Places To Save Accepts High Biological-Value Land Donation in Brunswick County, North Carolina
In late 2018, Unique Places To Save accepted a land donation of over 400-acres of globally-ranked natural heritage and wildlife habitat areas within the Boiling Springs Wilderness (“BSW”) area in Brunswick County, North Carolina. BSW, at 2,747 acres (4.29 square miles), is a massive conservation area. It directly abuts the ~7,926-acre Boiling Spring Lakes Plant Conservation Preserve, protected by the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program and the ~973-acre Orton Plantation conservation tract owned by The Nature Conservancy and held under conservation easement with the NC Coastal Land Trust. BSW comprises approximately 10% of the 28,108-acre (43.9 square mile) Boiling Springs Lakes Wetland Complex Natural Heritage Area, as designated by North Carolina Natural Heritage Program. This Natural Heritage Area (NHA) is ranked “R1/C1 - Exceptional” - the highest possible ranking for an NHA in the state.
Unique Places To Save will be working with neighboring landowners, government agencies and conservation groups to help develop a stream and wetland mitigation bank to help preserve the larger BSW area. We also expect to conduct forest management practices, biological surveys and other sustainable land management and restoration activities. Stay tuned!