Springer’s Point’s final 8.63-acre parcel in Ocracoke is now protected
The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has announced that it has finalized the purchase of 8.63 acres at the entrance to Springer’s Point Reserve on Ocracoke Island, describing the acquisition as the “last piece of the puzzle” in the protection of Springer’s Point.
“Springer’s Point is an ecological and cultural treasure of Ocracoke and North Carolina,” said Walker Golder, executive director of the Coastal Land Trust. “This latest acquisition was essential to protect the overall integrity of the reserve.”
Springer’s Point’s new 132-acre reserve permanently protects important and declining habitats of maritime forest and maritime shrub communities, tidal red cedar forest and estuarine marsh, improves water quality and protects riparian buffers along the Strait of Pamlico and Old Slough, and strengthens the overall ecological integrity and resilience of Springer’s Point Reserve. The reserve, which overlooks Teach’s Hole, has intriguing local traditions as the renowned haunt of Edward Teach, better known as Blackbeard the Pirate, and has been called Teach’s Plantation.
“Springer’s Point Preserve expansion is all about preserving and sharing an intimate and hidden part of what makes Ocracoke unique and magical,” said Lena Austin O’Neal, Steward of Springer’s Point Preserve. “Being able to share our island’s ecological gifts and educating visitors about the importance of saving these special places is vital to a sustainable future for Ocracoke. “
The Coastal Land Trust originally purchased 31 acres at Springer’s Point in 2002. An additional 91 acres were purchased in 2006 and the Coastal Land Trust officially opened the 122-acre Springer’s Point reserve to the public. In May 2020, the Coastal Land Trust purchased two Pamlico Sound-front plots surrounded by the reserve.
“With this latest purchase, the conservation of Springer’s Point, a long-standing priority for the Coastal Land Trust, is now complete,” said Golder.
Funding for the project was provided by a grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), a grant from the USFWS Coastal Wetlands, a grant from the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, a grant from the Ocracoke Occupancy Tax Board and private contributions.