Boy Scouts, Coastal Land Trust partner to preserve more than 200 acres

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 08:01 PM.

Herlevech said it is appropriate that the land has so many of the natural features and habitat they strive to protect, including a host of unusual plants and animals, including the red-cockaded woodpecker and Venus flytraps.

It also adjoins the Croatan National Forest, and part of the land fronts Gales Creek.

“It has just about everything a conservationist could want for. So the fact that the Camp Sam Hatcher is the project that has tipped us over the 50,000-acre mark is just icing on the cake,” she said.

While Camp Sam Hatcher is the first project of the trust involving camp property, it’s one of several that have been completed in Carteret County.

Earlier this year, the group announced that nearly 700 acres at Luken’s Island had been protected through a project partnering with the Marine Corps and the Navy to protect areas near military training from incompatible development.

Last year, a similar project preserved farmland in western Carteret County to protect it from development that could encroach on the use of nearby Marine auxiliary landing field at Bogue.

“We’ve done a lot lately because of the military partnership,” Herlevich said.

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