Catawba Lands Conservancy Committed To Natural Lands
The Catawba Lands Conservancy has made a bold commitment to protect 50,000 acres of the Southern Piedmont region’s natural lands by the year 2030. To launch this “once-in-a-lifetime” opportunity, the Conservancy’s board announced an effort to raise $400,000 in additional, sustaining support by the end of 2010.
The fundraising effort will aide in the following key objectives:
- Protection of natural buffer lands along waterways.
- Saving farmland to sustain rural economies.
- Protecting wildlife habitat to protect native species
- Additional build out of the Carolina Thread Trail.
The recent downturn in the economy, which has had a tremendous impact on the Charlotte metropolitan area in particular, is creating both opportunities and challenges for CLC. The housing market collapse presented the Conservancy with the opportunity to purchase land previously slated for development, and generally at a discount. However, this rare opportunity to conserve land, water and wildlife habitat has been negatively impacted by a decrease in contributed income, largely from government sources.
About the Conservancy: Since 1991, the Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) has served as the region’s land trust dedicated to protecting and preserving land for public benefit in a six-county area that includes all or portions of Catawba, Gaston, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Iredell and Union counties. Catawba Lands Conservancy protects the land, water and wildlife resources of the Southern Piedmont and Lower Catawba River Basin to sustain the region’s health natural beauty and ecological diversity now and in the future.
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