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Three Rivers Land Trust gets $20,000 grant to buy land

Three Rivers Land Trust recently received a $20,000 donation from Cube Hydro Carolinas for the “Save the Yadkin” campaign.

The campaign is an effort led by Three Rivers to conserve more than 4,700 acres and 76 miles of shoreline on the Yadkin River. The money will be used to purchase Phase I, which includes more than 2,300 acres along the Yadkin and South Yadkin rivers upstream from High Rock Lake.

More than $5.7 million has been raised, leaving another $2 million needed.

Three Rivers and its partner, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, are continuing to raise money for the permanent conservation of the land. The public has had access to the property for more than 30 years for hiking, hunting, fishing and paddling. Once conserved, the wildlife commission will own the land and the public will have access in perpetuity.

Three Rivers and the wildlife commission hope to buy the land by September. If successful in conserving the riverfront property, they will have two more years to buy Phase II of the Alcoa lands, 2,400 acres on Tuckertown Reservoir.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners at Cube Hydro Carolinas for supporting the ‘Save the Yadkin’ campaign and the permanent conservation of these important lands,” says Three Rivers Executive Director Travis Morehead.

“Cube Hydro Carolinas believes in sustainability, conservation and public access. Supporting this tremendous conservation effort led by Three Rivers Land Trust is a natural fit with our corporate values,” says Mark Gross, vice president of operations.

The acquisition will connect conserved areas and wild places, provide access for the public, protect habitat, and help sustain outdoor recreation, tourism and forestry.

To contribute to the conservation project, contact Three Rivers Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or donate online at www.threeriverslandtrust.org/alcoa-lands-conservation/.

For more information about the project or to learn more about supporting Three Rivers, visit www.threeriverslandtrust.org or contact Crystal Cockman at crystal@threeriverslandtrust.org or at 704-647-0302.

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