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NRA Specified Risk – Critical Biodiversity Area

Cape Fear Arch CBA

The geologic and hydrologic history of the Cape Fear Arch region has resulted in a diversity of wet and dry habitats. Important drivers of biodiversity in this region include longleaf pine forests and pocosins (coastal peatlands).

Pocosins typically occur within Carolina bays as a mosaic, along with Atlantic white cedar forests and nonriverine swamp forests within nutrient-poor peatlands in shallow depressions on plateaus, typically continuously saturated with water. The overstory is usually pine, often Pond pine. Higher, drier sites typically have a dense evergreen shrub layer, while the wettest may only have low shrubs, stunted pines, and beds of sphagnum, pitcher plants, and cranberry.


Longleaf pine forests once covered much of the Atlantic Coastal Plain, but the extent and condition of the system have been severely depleted due to habitat fragmentation, unsustainable harvest, conversion to other land uses and vegetative types, invasive species, and exclusion of natural fire regimes. The CBA includes a portion of the focal areas for the Cape Fear Arch Longleaf Initiative.

MixedWood Mitigation Resources

MixedWood Fact Sheet (Electronic & Print)

Suitable for electronic and print distribution to suppliers, landowners, and interested stakeholders. Includes a general description of the Specified Risk subject with links to mitigation actions and additional information.

Current Version: v4.0
Revision Update: December 2022
Reviewed: December 2022

MixedWood Additional Resource Package

A collection of downloadable resources for information and mitigation recommendations.

Updated with new resources: 5/19/20

FSC Mitigation Options & Resources
for Cape Fear Arch CBA

FSC US has created a number of map-related resources to assist a certificate holder in determining if their supply area overlaps an area of specified risk. Click on the map below to view larger and to save for your own reference.

FSC offers spatial data layouts by request, as well as a list of counties that overlap specified risk areas. You can find more information about those here.

This document provides lists of organizations, regional programs, collaborative partnerships, research groups, and universities, or agencies who are working on issues relevant to the Cape Fear Arch CBA. The documents are provided as resources for certified organizations as they seek to implement mitigation options. The lists will continue to be updated as new information is identified.

For a complete list of mitigation resources for multiple/all specified risks, you can read more here.

FSC released Controlled Wood Regional Meeting Reports for three major US regions, which can be found under the applicable region pages on our site. These reports contain the final mitigation options, along with background information on the Regional Meetings and the mitigation option development process. They are meant to assist a certificate holder in implementing control measures and mitigation options.

MixedWood created a PDF document excerpt of Annex 2 and Annex 3 from these Regional Meeting Reports for each Specified Risk.

– Annex 2 lists Mitigation Options by Specified Risk Topic

– Annex 3 provides a Specified Risk Overview, why FSC designated each as a High Conservation Value (HCV), in-depth identified threats and concerns, and more information about what FSC would like to achieve with your help.

Download Annex 2: Mitigation Options and Annex 3: Specified Risk Overview for Cape Fear Arch CBA

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