Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the conservation of a 27-acre property located in Montgomery County. The landowners, Dennis and Marcia Shaw, 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.

This unique property is located between two large tracts owned by the United States Forest Service (USFS). The conservation of this tract builds off a base of these adjacent conserved lands, providing connectivity for wildlife. Protecting tracts like this one from development increases the ability of the USFS to manage their existing lands, including the use of land management tools like prescribed fire.

“Three Rivers Land Trust are happy to help the Shaw’s meet their conservation goals for this property and to conserve this important wildlife corridor ,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “Protecting land in and around the small and fragmented Uwharrie National Forest has been a focus of the Land Trust for more than two decades.” In addition to the Shaw Land, Three Rivers Land Trust protected two other Montgomery County tracts this year as well totaling over 200 acres.

To learn more about how to protect your own property contact Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation, at 704-647-0302 or

For more information on becoming a member and supporting Three Rivers Land Trust in their mission, please contact Michael Fulk, Associate Director, at 704-647-0302 or, You can also visit their website at