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Troy Rotary Partners with Three Rivers Land Trust to Restore Native Hardwoods

As spring progresses, Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is watching their newest native hardwood planting in Montgomery County. This planting of 2,000 Chestnut and White Oaks took place at TRLT’s Low Water Bridge property and was made possible by a generous donation and support from the Troy Rotary Club.

On February 6, 2021, thirty volunteers and staff members met on a cool brisk morning and after some instruction from TRLT staff, groups of volunteers ventured out into the recently timbered area where the newly planted hardwoods would grow. “This particular site was once a large productive stand of native hardwoods. Over time, it was harvested and replaced with loblolly pine that could produce profitable timber faster.” states Cody Fulk, TRLT Conservation Lands Manager. “These newly planted hardwoods will provide valuable habitat for many of our native species.”

Both species of oaks will be present for future generations to enjoy and once they mature they will be visible from Low Water Bridge Road. “In 2020, “Supporting the Environment” became Rotary International’s seventh area of focus, making the Low Water Native Hardwood Planting project a terrific opportunity for collaboration between the Troy Rotary Club and Three Rivers Land Trust.” remarks Deborah S. Musika, Rotary Treasurer. “As Rotarians in District 7690, we are committed to supporting activities that strengthen the conservation and protection of natural resources, advance ecological sustainability, and foster harmony between communities and the environment.”

“We are thankful for the outstanding support from the Troy Rotary for not only Three Rivers Land Trust, but for conserving and restoring our vital natural areas.” states Executive Director, Travis Morehead. “They are true conservationists.”

To become a member and support TRLT in their conservation mission, please contact Michael Fulk, Associate Director, at 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org.

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 35 acres in Rowan County

Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the conservation of a 35-acre property located in Rowan County, purchased from the Crowther Family in February of 2021. This new conservation property builds off an additional 1,400 acres owned by TRLT and known as their Two Rivers Property.

This new conservation land is located near the confluence of the South Yadkin and Yadkin Rivers and consists of mature hardwoods which are home to a variety of wildlife, including neotropical migratory songbirds. This site provides important connectivity for wildlife as it builds upon a large base of already protected land.

“Three Rivers Land Trust is very grateful to have worked with the Crowther family to conserve another important property in Rowan County,” states Executive Director, Travis Morehead. Earlier this year, TRLT transferred a 10-acre property with a boating access area to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) which is named in honor of the Crowther family.

This critical conservation project was made possible through the generous support of Fred and Alice Stanback. To learn more about how to protect your own property, contact Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation, at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org. To become a member and support TRLT in their conservation mission, please contact Michael Fulk, Associate Director, at 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org.

 

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 266 additional acres on Poison Fork Creek

Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the recent conservation of 266 acres in Randolph County, North Carolina. This new conservation property builds off an additional 255 acres that was also protected by the TRLT in 2019, to bring the total acres conserved to 521. This new conservation land adjoins the Uwharrie National Forest and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands.

The North Carolina Land and Water Fund (previously known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund) and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, as well as Three Rivers Land Trust members provided funding for this latest land conservation project along Poison Fork Creek.

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is a $5 million, 10-year program established by Enviva Holdings, LP in December 2015 to protect environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. Administered by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects in North Carolina and Virginia.

“This property not only protects significant frontage along Poison Fork Creek, which is an outstanding resource water, but also protects the federally listed endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower and the state’s rare Georgia aster,” states Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation. Outstanding resource waters are of the highest quality found in the state, and several species of rare mussel are known to occur within this stretch of the stream.

 

“This is an incredible opportunity for the TRLT to work with a conservation-minded landowner to protect over 500 acres of land in the heart of the Uwharrie National Forest boundary,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “We are committed to protecting lands such as this one across our 15-county region.”

A special thank you to the conservation-minded landowner of this tract, who wishes to remain anonymous.

To learn more about how you can conserve property in our region, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org.  To become a Three Rivers member or to learn more about their conservation mission, contact Michael Fulk, Associate Director, 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org or visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org

Public Boating Access Area (BAA) made permanent by transfer from Three Rivers Land Trust to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission

Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the recent transfer of a 10-acre boating access area, near the confluence of the South Yadkin and Yadkin River to the N.C.  Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). This boating access area was located on private property owned by the Crowther family, but was operated and maintained by Alcoa (Aluminum Company of America). In 2016, after almost a decade of lawsuits, the Relicensing Settlement Agreement, (RSA) became final which called for this existing launch to be abandoned.

“Three Rivers Land Trust staff were the first to realize that this important boating access area was no longer required by the RSA and in fact had been abandoned” states Travis Morehead, Executive Director of TRLT. “This launch site is critical for anglers and sportsman who utilize the nearby High Rock Tracts of the Alcoa Game Land” Morehead continued. Understanding the critical nature of this launch, TRLT staff began to work with the NC Land and Water Fund (LWF), NCWRC, and the Crowther family to transfer this property into the public trust.

This property was formerly owned by Milton and Louise Crowther, Ms. Crowther still maintained a life estate on the property.  After TRLT reached out to the Crowther family’s representative, Ms. Crowther voluntarily extinguished her life estate on the parcel, making the transfer to NCWRC possible. “Our family has a longstanding relationship with the land trust.  In fact, my husband and I placed a permanent conservation easement on our property ensuring that it would remain undeveloped in perpetuity” states Louise Crowther.  “We see the intrinsic value of conserving the natural river setting and as well as providing for public access” Louise continued.

In honor of the Crowther’s commitment to conservation and public access and at the request of TRLT, the NCWRC Board of Commissioners approved naming this launch for the Crowther family at its December meeting.  “Acquiring and keeping this launch open was and is incredibly important, especially, in light of the recent partnership with TRLT where the NCWRC acquired over 2,400 acres of the nearby High Rock Tracts of the Alcoa Game Land” states Brian McRae, NCWRC Land and Water Access Chief.  “The Crowther BAA is currently open; however, we are beginning a renovation to bring it up to our typical standards and make it ADA accessible.  We expect these renovations to be completed by early summer.”

TRLT is committed not only to permanently conserving land, but also to make additional recreational lands available for the public. This project brought private citizens, state agencies, and a local conservation nonprofit together for two goals, permanent conservation and public access. It turned out to be a great combination that can now be enjoyed by everyone, for generations to come.

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

For more information about becoming a member of Three Rivers Land Trust or how you can support their conservation mission please contact Michael Fulk,  Associate Director, at 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org or visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/donate.

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 27 acres in Montgomery County

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 crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org

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 michael@threeriverslandtrust.org, You can also visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 147 acres in Davie County

Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce the conservation of a 147-acre property located in Davie County. The landowner, Grover McNair, placed a permanent conservation easement on his family farm on December 29th, 2020. This conservation easement will restrict future development and subdivision of this important parcel.

“The conservation of important natural areas and family farms are a focus of Three Rivers Land Trust and we are thankful to have helped Mr. McNair protect his property in perpetuity” states Executive Director Travis Morehead.

“This newly protected property in Davie County is comprised of mature hardwoods, pine stands, and is bisected by a beautiful unnamed creek that is a tributary of Dutchman’s Creek,” states Sam Parrott, Associate Director of Conservation. “By conserving this property, we are not only protecting the extensive mixed hardwoods and wildlife habitat, but are also protecting water quality in Dutchman’s Creek and ultimately the Yadkin River”. Three Rivers Land Trust is committed to working with property owners like Mr. McNair to conserve tracts like these, while they remain undeveloped.

“I consider myself very fortunate to be able to protect this beautiful tract of land”, states Mr. McNair. “Many thanks to Three Rivers Land Trust for helping me realize my father’s dream. I know his spirit is smiling. My wish is that future generations will enjoy and appreciate the peace and tranquility this land affords.”

To learn more about how to protect your own property, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org.

For more information about supporting Three Rivers Land Trust by becoming a member, please contact Michael Fulk, michael@threeriverslandtrust.org or visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/donate.

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 115 acres on the Rocky River

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.

To learn more about how to protect your own property, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org.

For more information about supporting Three Rivers Land Trust by becoming a member, please contact michael@threeriverslandtrust.org or visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/donate.

Duke Energy Foundation Awards $10,000 to Three Rivers Land Trust for Expansion of Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest

Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) is excited to announce recent funding in the amount of $10,000 has been awarded to assist in the acquisition and transfer of approximately 50 acres to the Town of Spencer. This land will expand the existing Fred and Alice Stanback Educational Forest and Nature Preserve, and connects the existing preserve to Grants Creek. There is potential to develop additional trails and a canoe/kayak access on Grants Creek at this location.

“Three Rivers Land Trust is thrilled to have been awarded these funds from the Duke Energy Foundation for this incredible conservation project in Rowan County,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “This is a much-loved recreation site in Rowan County, used by the residents of Salisbury and Spencer and visitors to the area, as well. Public access has been a focus of our organization since its inception, having transferred over 5,700 acres of land to the public trust.”

The private landowner who owns this property is providing the land at a bargain sale, and another private donation in the amount of $10,000 has been received as well. In addition, TRLT was provisionally awarded the remainder of the funding needed to purchase these lands from the NC Land and Water Fund and expects those funds to be available early next year.

The Duke Energy Foundation is committed to investing resources and working alongside community partners to ensure future generations enjoy the immeasurable benefits of the nature around us. Duke Energy’s Nature Grants support water quality, quantity, conservation and access, habitat and forest restoration and conservation, and species conservation.

The community will be positively impacted by this acquisition by the Town of Spencer of 50 acres to the Fred and Alice Stanback Preserve. Local residents and tourists alike will have access to new hiking trails and possibly a canoe launch in the future. In addition, water quality will be maintained and improved on an existing 303d listed stream, as over a mile of frontage on Grants Creek and two tributaries will be protected.

Rare species and natural communities are also protected on this site. The project will provide protection to a portion of an alluvial forest, as well as a rare plant, Cardamine dissecta (fork-leaved toothwort), discovered on the land by a natural heritage biologist and a land trust staff member this Spring. This is the only documented occurrence of this rare plant in Rowan County.

To learn more about this project or how you can support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, please contact Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation of the Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org.

Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 130 acres in Randolph County on the Uwharrie River

Three Rivers Land Trust is excited to announce the conservation of a 130-acre property located in Randolph County. The landowners, Mark and Jessica Wilburn, placed a permanent conservation easement on their family farm, known as Uwharrie Ridge Farm, on September 25, 2020. This working lands conservation easement allows continued agricultural and forestry practices, while restricting future development and subdivision of this important parcel.

“Our staff is grateful to have worked with the Wilburns to conserve their beautiful farm,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “Farmland conservation has always been a focus of Three Rivers Land Trust, and we are proud to say that we have protected over 15,000 acres of farmland in the past 25 years.” This conservation easement was made possible by the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation (ADFP) Trust Fund and the USDA Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), who provided partial funding for the conservation easements on the Wilburn property.

“This newly protected property adjoins the Uwharrie River in Randolph County, and the scenic Uwharrie peak known as Black Mountain can be seen in the distance from the property,” states Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation. “By conserving this property, we are not only protecting the agricultural land and wildlife habitat, but are also protecting water quality along the Uwharrie River and the tributaries that flow through this property. We are committed to working with property owners to conserve tracts like these, while they are still available.” This particular section of the Uwharrie River is popular with paddlers in the region, and it also features rare aquatic species, which makes the tract important to biodiversity conservation in addition to the farmland preserved.

It was important to this landowner that the legacy of agriculture continue on this farm in perpetuity. Currently, this parcel is cropland, but the owners have expressed intention to convert it to pastureland, which already comprises much of the Wilburns’ farm. Mark and Jessica worked with Three Rivers Land Trust in 2018 to protect another portion of their farm that is in pastureland, by placing 72 acres under conservation easement.

Three Rivers Land Trust expanded our conservation footprint to include five additional counties in the Sandhills and Coastal Plain. To learn more about how to support our conservation work or to protect your own property, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org.

 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 Coastal Plain 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 how you can become a supporting member of Three Rivers Land Trust, please contact the Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org or visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/donate

Three Rivers Land Trust hosted 4th Annual Conservation Classic Event

On October 2nd, Three Rivers Land Trust hosted their fourth annual Conservation Classic Sporting Clays Tournament at Hyatt Farms Sporting Clays near Polkton, NC to support local conservation.

Teams of four shot a round of 50 clays on a challenging 14-station sporting clay course. Team registration included ammunition, raffles, and prizes for the top scoring teams. Attendees also enjoyed a delicious lunch catered by Jordan’s Catering of West End, NC.

L-R Evan Spears, Tyler Brown, Jordan Tucker, Curt Kindley

The team that took home the top prize was Southern Builders. Team members include Tyler Brown, Curt Kindley, Jordan Tucker, and Evan Spears. Second place went to Culp Lumber. Overall individual winner also went to Curt Kindley with 48 out of 50 clays broken. Our Hometown Hero Team this year was Montgomery County Rescue.

“We’d like to thank Three Rivers Land Trust. As avid outdoorsmen we support and appreciate what they are doing to conserve and protect land here in our home state. We would also like to thank Hyatt’s for putting on an awesome shoot. Last but not least, we would like to thank our sponsor, Southern Builders for hosting our team,” states Evan Spears. “We look forward to seeing everyone at the 5th annual Conservation Classic!”

“Thanks to everyone who came out to our fourth annual Conservation Classic event,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “We had a great day at a beautiful venue and appreciate the support of our sponsors and participants. All of the funds raised from this event directly benefit conservation work here in our fifteen-county region.”

To learn more about this event or how you can become a member and support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, please contact Michael Nye Fulk, Associate Director of the Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or michael@threeriverslandtrust.org.

 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. Since 1995, The Land Trust has worked to offer reasonable and attractive options to landowners who want to save 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 and to become a member, please contact The Land Trust at 704-647-0302 visit their website at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/donate.

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