Boundary Marking at NCPCP Preserves
NCPCP Preserves are protected under the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and managed to conserve native plants and their habitats. Proper marking of preserve boundaries helps to protect these important places. Official signs and purple lines are the proper markings for preserve boundaries with signs at least every 600 ft and paint at least every 300 ft. These can change slightly with boundary setting. Alternating signs and paint allow for more frequent boundary marking and should be placed along the boundary line.
Wooded and Remote Boundaries:
Roadsides and Urban Areas:
Corners or changes in boundary direction:
Painted purple lines must be at least 8 inches long and the bottom of the line 3 to 5 feet from the base of the tree or post they are applied to. Learn more details by clicking this link.
Place signs 7 ft or higher. Special note, when attaching to living material use aluminum nails as a safety precaution. If the tree is ever harvested, chainsaws will cut through aluminum easily, preventing harm to both the saw blade and the sawyer.
Preserve Stewards regularly check boundary lines, adding new markings if needed, and report any signs of trespassing or boundary encroachment. To ensure protection of rare plants and their habitat, tire tracks, trash, and other disturbances caused by trespassing should be reported to the NCPCP. At large preserves, volunteers have been gathered to help with boundary marking and trash pile clean ups. If you are interested in volunteer opportunities with FoPC, check out our volunteer page.