Three Rivers Land Trust is excited to announce the permanent conservation of 89 acres located along the Deep River in Moore County. The Deep River has long been a focal area for conservation efforts for the land trust, and is designated by North Carolina as a High Quality Watershed. This section of the Deep River is also identified as a natural heritage natural area known more commonly as Deep River Below High Falls Aquatic Habitat. The federally listed as endangered Cape Fear Shiner has been documented in the river just off this tract.

“We were happy to work with this landowner to complete their conservation vision for the property,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “This section of the Deep River is particularly important from a water quality and a recreation perspective, and we are glad to see another property here permanently protected.”

The primary purpose of the conservation easement is to protect and enhance the natural features and resources of the wetlands and riparian areas associated with Deep River and unnamed tributaries. The easement will also improve and maintain water quality, control sediment runoff, and provide habitat for unique native flora and fauna that rely on the riparian ecosystems.

Funding for this acquisition was provided by the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Anne Leahy in honor of her mother Jane M Mueller.

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

About Three Rivers Land Trust

Three Rivers Land Trust works with private landowners and public agencies to conserve the most important natural, scenic, agricultural, and historic places in a 15-county region of the Piedmont and Sandhills of North Carolina. Since 1995, the Land Trust has worked to offer reasonable and attractive options to landowners who want to conserve their lands for future generations to enjoy. Our mission is to work thoughtfully and selectively with property owners to conserve our lands, vistas, and the essential nature of our region. For more information about Three Rivers Land Trust, please contact the Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or or visit their website at