On Monday, July 23, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy accepted donation of a 15-acre conservation easement in Fairview, N.C. The tract is part of an assemblage of protected properties that together preserve the summit and north face of Little Pisgah Mountain.
“Ridgelines are a threatened resource, and conserving them is important to ensure the future enjoyment of our beautiful land,” said landowner Paul Morgan. “I really appreciate the efforts of SAHC toward preserving the ridgeline at Little Pisgah Mountain.”
Visible from Chimney Rock State Park and a state scenic byway, the property adjoins six parcels protected by SAHC in December 2011. It is also in close proximity to other conservation properties,.including Bearwallow Mountain and the Florence Preserve. Although a relatively small parcel, the new easement is important because it adds to this contiguous protected landscape in the Blue Ridge mountains. Protection of properties within the area helps preserve the rural scenic quality for visitors and local residents.
The conservation easement permanently protects high elevation pastures and forestland from future development, and will help protect tributary streams of the Broad River watershed from sedimentation and other types of pollution.
About Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
The mission of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (a land trust) is to conserve the unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, local farmland and scenic beauty of the mountains of North Carolina and east Tennessee for the benefit of present and future generations.
We achieve this by forging and maintaining conservation relationships with landowners and public agencies, owning and managing land, and working with communities to accomplish their conservation objectives. www.appalachian.org