Buffalo Mountain has the distinction of being the only habitat in the WORLD, for a mealybug called Puto kosztarabi. I have never seen it or tasted it, but I will be looking out for it.
Not many years ago, the Nature Conservancy bought the land from private individuals and then passed it to the Commonwealth of Virginia to be preserved forever.
I climb the moutain several times a year, and recently, I've seen disturbing developements around the mountain. For example, trees have been clear-cut on private lands immediately adjacent to the park. On the approach road, a new road has been bull-dozed toward the east at the saddle.
For more information on Buffalo Mountain Natural Preserve in Floyd Co,
VA, visit: http://www.dcr.state.va.us/dnh/buffalo.htm