Land Trust buys Randolph County property for conservation

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 17, 2019

Three Rivers Land Trust recently acquired a 9.4-acre property on the Uwharrie River in Randolph County. It adjoins an 18-acre tract that Land Trust acquired last year on N.C 49 near Asheboro.

The new plot boasts mature hardwood forests and more than 500 feet of frontage on the Uwharrie River, which is designated as a Nationally Significant Aquatic Habitat. Various species of rare mussel are found in the Uwharrie, also signifying high water quality.

“The Uwharrie River has always been a focal area for the Land Trust,” said Executive Director Travis Morehead. “We have protected many miles of frontage on this important waterway, as well as partnering with state agencies to open up three canoe and kayak access points in locations south of this property.”

The acquisition of the adjoining tract last year was made possible through funding from the Environmental Enhancement Grant program administered by the Attorney General’s Office and the Alice Zawadzki Land Conservation Fund administered by the N.C. Native Plant Society.

Funding for the 9.4-acre acquisition was provided through a private donor.

Mountain Creek Farm in Stanly County

Richard and Mitzie Almond permanently conserved their 54-acre farm on the edge of Albemarle in Stanly County on Dec. 31. The Almonds grow blueberries and row crops and wanted to ensure that the land would remain a farm for future generations.

Mountain Creek Farm is along a scenic stream with high water quality. The creek is home to several species of rare mussels. In 2018, Three Rivers Land Trust conserved a 45-acre parcel along Mountain Creek that was transferred to Morrow Mountain State Park.

“We are always excited to work with conservation minded land owners,” says Morehead. “With the addition of this easement, we have conserved nearly 300 acres of land in Stanly County alone in 2018. We believe this demonstrates our commitment to the conservation of our region’s rural landscapes and family farms.”

The conservation easement used by the Almonds prevents intensive residential, commercial or industrial development of the property but allows traditional uses of the property, including hunting and agriculture.

“We’re happy to have worked with Three Rivers Land Trust to conserve our property and preserve the natural beauty of the land,” said Richard Almond.

The Almonds plan to enhance the wildlife habitat of the property by planting hardwood trees near Mountain Creek.

Anyone interested in learning more about conservation options for property or who wants to join Three Rivers Land Trust and support local conservation efforts should contact Crystal Cockman at crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org or 704-647-0302 or visit www.threeriverslandtrust.org.

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