High Country Conservancy
Bear Paw State Natural Area (325 Acres) Watauga County, NC
One of two new State Natural Areas designated by the NC Legislature in 2008, Bear Paw will be managed by State Parks. The area is located in the Nationally Significant Hanging Rock Ridge Natural Area and includes exemplary High Elevation Rocky Summit, High Elevation Red Oak Forests and North Hardwood Forest natural communities. In addition to rare species the land is home to the headwaters of Dutch Creek. Funding was provided by the Natural Heritage Trust Fund and by a private donation. HCC received a bridge loan from The Conservation Fund and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation Revolving Loan Fund assisted with the transaction costs.