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NATURAL HERITAGE
photo of Channels NAP

The Channels Natural Area Preserve

SITE DESCRIPTION:

The Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Forestry dedicated this state natural area preserve in April of 2008. The Channels, the 53rd state natural area preserve, is an area of significant high elevation forest, rock outcrop and cliff communities. The name of this area is derived from a series of quite large and impressive sandstone boulders and eroded crevices that occur on a portion of this natural area preserve. The 721-acre Channels Natural Area Preserve is part of a 4,836 acre State Forest that was purchased by the Virginia Department of Forestry from The Nature Conservancy in March 2008.

VISITATION:
This natural area preserve is owned by the Virginia Department of Forestry and open sunrise to sunset. Please contact the Abingdon office of the Virginia Department of Forestry for addtional information, or visit http:// www.dof.virginia.gov/print/stateforest/Channels-brochure.pdf

Washington & Russell
DOF
721 acres
Yes
Zach Olinger
Virginia Department of Forestry
Matthews State Forest
106 Forestry Lane
Galax, Virginia 24333
Phone: (276)236-2322

or

Claiborne Woodall, Southwest Region Steward
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Abingdon, VA
(276) 676-5673