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Lake Waccamaw State Park to Celebrate New Acreage

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
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Katie Hall
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Lake Waccamaw State Park to Celebrate New Acreage

Raleigh -- State and local officials will gather at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County Friday, July 21 at 10 a.m. to dedicate the addition of 197 new acres to the park. The media and the public are invited to the ceremony.

A gift from the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, the 197-acre parcel is located just south of the park’s existing land on the shore of Lake Waccamaw and includes more than 1.5 miles of Waccamaw River frontage in Columbus County. The land transfer is part of the Waters of Waccamaw Project, a public-private partnership including state and federal agencies, private philanthropists and non-profit conservation organizations. The project secured an additional 1,143 acres that will be managed by the N.C. Coastal Land Trust as a nature preserve.

“These new lands for our park include some of the most beautiful bottomland hardwoods and cypress-gum swamp in the state. Protecting this area is good for water quality, public access and habitat for our many rare species,” said Toby Hall, superintendent of Lake Waccamaw State Park. “We are honored to receive this exceptional new land into our park for the people of North Carolina to enjoy.”

N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Director Mike Murphy will speak at the event, as will leaders from the N.C. Coastal Land Trust, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the N.C. Attorney General’s Office. Invitees include local elected and appointed officials, and funders of the Waters of Waccamaw Project.

Lake Waccamaw State Park sits on the banks of one of the most extraordinary bodies of water in the world and hosts species of aquatic life found nowhere else on Earth. It offers a 700-foot boardwalk for wildlife viewing and fishing and more than seven miles of trails. A visitor center and exhibit hall with interpretive programs celebrate the region’s diverse natural and cultural history.

The mission of the N.C. Coastal Land Trust is to enrich the coastal communities of North Carolina through conservation of natural areas and working landscapes, education and the promotion of good land stewardship.

About North Carolina State Parks
North Carolina State Parks manages more than 231,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 18 million visitors annually.