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NATURAL HERITAGE
photo of Channels NAP
© DCR-DNH, Gary P. Fleming

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 preserve name is derived from the maze-like system of sandstone crevices and boulders that occur near the 4208ft. summit of Middle Knob on Clinch mountain. The 721-acre Channels Natural Area Preserve is part of a 4,836 acre State Forest that was purchased by the Department of Forestry from The Nature Conservancy in March 2008.

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

Washington & Russell
VA Department of Forestry
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 Regional Supervisor
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
Abingdon, VA
(276) 676-5673