ROAN MOUNTAIN — When the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy acquires land, it usually plans to hold the land permanently to protect the unique high elevation plant and animal habitats from the Roan Highlands to the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

But the agency recently purchased 150 acres adjoining Roan Mountain State Park in order to add the land to the park, while still meeting its goal of protecting habitats and the steams of the Doe River watershed.

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