Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy awarded N.C. DOJ Environmental Enhancement Grant

Press release from Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy:

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) has been awarded an Environmental Enhancement Grant from the NC Dept. of Justice toward the purchase of 448 acres at Chestnut Mountain near the Town of Canton. SAHC is in the process of purchasing the property for conservation of animal habitat, protection of water resources, and to reserve for future public recreation.

“This grant award is an important piece of funding towards the purchase and permanent conservation of this property,” said Carl Silverstein, SAHC’s executive director. “The N.C. Dept. of Justice Environmental Enhancement Grant program provides funding for projects that help improve and protect North Carolina’s natural resources, and we are thrilled that this SAHC’s project was selected as one of this year’s grant recipients.”

This 448-acre Chestnut Mountain sits on an important wildlife corridor and contains over nine miles of stream. The tract was slated for an 8,300-seat grandstand motorsports speedway in the early 2000s, but the speedway was never developed and the property has recently been on the market. SAHC is in the process of due diligence and raising funds to complete the purchase.

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