Southern Blue Ridge


IBA Criteria

Year of most recent IBA criteria assessment: 2008

Populations of IBA trigger species
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) of estimate Population estimate IBA Criteria Triggered
Golden-winged Warbler Vermivora chrysoptera NT - - present A1

Note: This table presents the IBA criteria triggered and the species that triggered then at the time of assessment, the current IUCN Red List category may vary from that which was in place at that time.

For more information about the IBA assessment process and criteria please click here


IBA Protection

Protection status:

Protected Area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)
Unaka Mountain Wilderness 1,810 protected area contained by site 0
Tapoco Lands Conservat Conservation Area 1,638 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy Preserve 1,887 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Snowbird Wilderness Study Area 3,436 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Shady Valley Conservation Area Fee Conservation Area 32 protected area overlaps with site 0
Sampson Mountain Wilderness 3,225 protected area contained by site 0
Pond Mountain Wilderness 2,812 protected area contained by site 0
Little Frog Mountain Wilderness 1,899 protected area contained by site 0
Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness 7,046 protected area overlaps with site 0
Hampton Creek Cove State Natural Area 278 protected area contained by site 0
Great Smoky Mountains National Park World Heritage Site (natural or mixed) 209,000 protected area overlaps with site 0
Great Smoky Mountains National Park 209,824 protected area overlaps with site 0
Gee Creek Wilderness 1,035 protected area contained by site 0
Foothills Wildlife Management Area 1,925 protected area is adjacent to site 0
Cohutta Wilderness 14,989 protected area overlaps with site 0
Citico Creek Wilderness 6,561 protected area contained by site 0
Cherokee Game Refuge #1 National Game Refuge 3,991 protected area contained by site 0
Cherokee National Forest 246 protected area overlaps with site 0
Birch Branch Fee Private Conservation Land 208 protected area overlaps with site 0
Big Laurel Branch Wilderness 2,576 protected area contained by site 0
Big Frog Wilderness 3,291 protected area contained by site 0
Bald River Gorge Wilderness 1,534 protected area contained by site 0


Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2021) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Southern Blue Ridge. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 13/04/2021.