Land Trust for Little Tennessee helps gain protection for another town watershed

out ltlt watershedThe Land Trust for the Little Tennessee recently helped the town of Andrews protect and conserve its 930-acre watershed in Cherokee County.

It marks the fifth town that the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee has served as a partner in the protection of their watershed — tracts that either once served or still served as the source of stream-fed drinking water for town residents. Other towns included Bryson City, Murphy, Sylva and Waynesville.

The land trust aided the towns by writing grant proposals to acquire funds from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Grants were then combined with matching funds so that each town could permanently conserve the watershed tracts, which are now under conservation easements held by the state.

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