Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve Article

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Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve
IUCN category V (protected landscape/seascape)
Map showing the location of Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve
Map showing the location of Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve
Location within Virginia
Location Russell County, Virginia
Nearest city Lebanon
Coordinates 36°57′32″N 82°03′07″W / 36.959°N 82.052°W / 36.959; -82.052
PINNACLE NATURAL AREA PRESERVE Latitude and Longitude:

36°57′32″N 82°03′07″W / 36.959°N 82.052°W / 36.959; -82.052
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Area891 acres (361 ha)
Governing body Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve is an 891-acre (361 ha) Natural Area Preserve in Russell County, Virginia. Located at the confluence of the Clinch River and Big Cedar Creek, the preserve's namesake and centerpiece is the Pinnacle, a dolomite formation rising 400 feet (120 m) above the creek. [2]

At least nine rare species and two rare natural communities make their home within the boundaries of the preserve. [2] It is home to the globally rare Big Cedar Creek millipede ( Brachoria falcifera), known only from the preserve and several nearby locations. Two globally rare plants, Canby's mountain-lover ( Paxistima canbyi) and Carolina saxifrage ( Saxifraga caroliniana), grow upon the preserve's limestone cliffs, where they are joined by American harebell ( Campanula rotundifolia), which is rare in Virginia. The preserve's creek banks host the rare glade spurge ( Euphorbia purpurea). [3]

Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve is owned and maintained by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. The preserve includes improvements such as a parking area, four miles (6.4 km) of hiking trails, and a suspension foot bridge. [2] [3]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Pinnacle". ProtectedPlanet. United Nations Environment Programme's World Conservation Monitoring Centre. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve". Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  3. ^ a b "Pinnacle Natural Area Preserve Fact Sheet" (PDF). Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. 2013. Retrieved December 26, 2016.

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