Three Rivers Land Trust is excited to announce the conservation of a beautiful 95-acre family farm located in northern Cabarrus County. Alex Rankin, the landowner, worked with Three Rivers Land Trust to place a permanent a conservation easement on his family farm. Conservation easements are flexible tools that allow for continued farming practices, while restricting the future development and subdivision of this important parcel.

“The conservation of this farm is great both from an agricultural perspective and a water quality perspective.  Keeping this land undeveloped will provide for future farming opportunities as well as helping to protect the water quality in the Coddle Creek Reservoir. We are grateful to have worked with Alex to help conserve such a remarkable property,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead.

In such a rapidly developing portion of the Piedmont, it is important to conserve lands such as this one for their significant conservation benefits both now and in the future. Last October, Three Rivers Land Trust completed another conservation project on the Coddle Creek Reservoir, protecting an additional 41 acres of land. “In the last 9 months we have conserved over 130 acres of land that adjoin Coddle Creek Reservoir, a primary drinking water source for Cabarrus County residents”, states Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation. “We are committed to working with property owners to conserve tracts like these, while they are still available”.

To learn more about how to protect your own property, or how to support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or