Land trust celebrates 100 properties conserved
Conservation of six new places last year brought Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust to a landmark total of 100 conservation projects completed, totaling 3,320 acres.
protected properties include:
- An expansion of Ravenel Park thanks to a donation of Sunset Rock property from the Hartman family.
- A 22-acre property called Sassafras Gap Farm — which is on the edge of the Blue Valley, has a stunning view of Satulah Mountain and buffers the Nantahala National Forest — donated by Stell Huie.
- Castor Meadows, a small, old farm in the Glenville community that includes beaver wetland and early successional habitat, donated by John Berteau.
- Dendy Orchard Knob, a small conservation easement donated by Ken Nimmons buffering the Nantahala National Forest in the Turtle Pond community.
- Cedar Hill, a 44-acre conservation easement on the eastern side of Rock Mountain in Cashiers, overlooking Sapphire Valley. It protects rare species and habitats, and adds to other HCLT-protected lands.
- High Knob, a 150-acre conservation easement donated by Patrick Horan and Noel Thurner near Caney Fork and protected in partnership with the Open Space Institute. It protects a climate-resilient landscape that provides critical habitat for plants and animals affected by climate change and connects a large swath of other protected lands in the Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests.