Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve Article

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Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve
Location York County, Virginia
Nearest city Newport News
Coordinates 37°12′0″N 76°32′15″W / 37.20000°N 76.53750°W / 37.20000; -76.53750
GRAFTON PONDS NATURAL AREA PRESERVE Latitude and Longitude:

37°12′0″N 76°32′15″W / 37.20000°N 76.53750°W / 37.20000; -76.53750
Area375 acres (1.52 km2)
Owner City of Newport News

Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve is a 375-acre (1.52 km2) Natural Area Preserve located in York County, Virginia. It preserves Virginia's best remaining example of a coastal plain pond complex, and supports several locally-rare species including pond spice ( Litsea aestivalis), Mabee's salamander ( Ambystoma mabeei), barking treefrog ( Hyla gratiosa), and the globally imperiled Harper's fimbristylis ( Fimbristylis perpusilla). [1] [2]

The preserve is owned and maintained by the city of Newport News, and is open for public access. [2]

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References

  1. ^ "Comprehensive Report Species - Fimbristylis perpusilla". NatureServe Explorer: An online encyclopedia of life. NatureServe. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Grafton Ponds Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 19, 2016.

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