Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the conservation of a 115-acre property located in Stanly County. The landowners, Leon and Donna Huneycutt, placed a permanent conservation easement on their property in December of 2020. This working-lands conservation easement allows for continued agricultural and forestry practices, while restricting the future development and subdivision of this important parcel.

The Huneycutts previously worked with TRLT in 2002 to protect an adjacent 136-acre property. Both properties possess significant river frontage on the Rocky River, one of the longest undammed rivers in the Piedmont. Bald eagles, river otters, softshell turtles and many other important wildlife species call this river home.

“Three Rivers Land Trust is proud to have worked with the Huneycutts to permanently conserve their property and help them meet their conservation goals,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “Protecting working farms and forests has been a focus of TRLT since our inception, having protected more than 15,000 acres of farmland since 1995.”

Leon is truly leading by example, not only are he and his wife conservation land owners, Leon also serves on the TRLT Board of Directors.

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