North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper signed a bill that authorized the addition of 2,900 acres in southern McDowell County and two other properties to the state parks system as state natural areas.

The McDowell News reported that the bill authorizes the addition of Bob’s Pocket in McDowell County, Warwick Mill Bay in Robeson County and Salmon Creek in Bertie County to the North Carolina state parks system and directs a study for a potential state park along the Black River in the southeastern part of the state.

“From the mountains to the coast, our state parks and state natural areas protect North Carolina’s treasured natural resources for all of us to enjoy,” said Cooper. “I’m proud to continue this tradition by adding these three unique properties to our state parks system.”

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