The southernmost portion of the Bingham Lands, an additional 126 acres, was purchased this spring. With the addition of this tract, this now brings the total acreage of this LandTrust owned property to1,288 acres. This property is bordered to the north by another parcel of Bingham Lands, and to the south is an Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) easement on another 18 acres of riparian buffer on the Uwharrie River.
This new addition is listed as a Significant Natural Heritage site in the Montgomery County Natural Heritage Inventory as a result of the high quality hardwood forest buffer it provides for the Uwharrie River. The Uwharrie River is classified as Nationally Significant Aquatic Habitat. Two other streams, Horsepen Creek and another tributary, also join the Uwharrie in the northern section of this property.
In addition to being a huge contiguous block of habitat for large-range wildlife, the Bingham Lands also hosts a native stand of white pines, miles of river frontage, and are home to a large variety of flora and fauna, including numerous rare and endangered mussels. With the addition of this beautiful tract, the Bingham Lands are truly a unique conservation success story. In this area, for recreation, wildlife habitat, and natural areas protection, there simply is not another property like it.