For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.
Dr. Charles Coble, a native of Oakboro in southern Stanly County, has
always talked about preserving the local landscape for future
generations. Through the recent donation of a conservation
easement on his 52 acre farm, Charles has now officially practiced what
he has long been preaching. The protection of this property
expands upon The LandTrust's work within the Rocky River
watershed. Nearly 2,500 feet of river frontage will be
permanently protected via the terms of the easement.
Charles' highly successful professional career has taken him many
places. After receiving his doctorate from UNC Chapel Hill,
Charles became a Professor of Science Education at East Carolina
University. He was then named Dean of the School of Education at
ECU before becoming the Vice President of the 16 campus University of
North Carolina system. Today, Charles continues his efforts
within the education field by working with the Education Commission of
the States in Denver, Colorado.
Despite all of
these travels, Charles has never lost his enduring love of southern
Stanly County. Perhaps this commitment is what makes this project
so special. As Kevin Redding puts it "Charles came to us with a
clear vision of what he wanted his legacy to be, and together we have
made that vision a reality". For Charles the decision to preserve
his land was a combination of family ties and respect for nature.
"This farm has been a place where I have camped, fished, and just
enjoyed being with my late father Mack Coble, my brothers and sister,
with my children Chris and Andrea, and with many friends over the
years. I am so pleased that this cherished place will remain as
is for all to enjoy well into the future. I thank Kevin Redding
and his colleagues at The LandTrust for Central North Carolina for
helping to make it happen."
The farm is comprised of a
mix of open fields and hardwood forests. The elevation gradient
provides wonderful views of the Rocky River as it forms the property
boundary. The property also provides a peaceful habitat for numerous
forms of wildlife. These different aspects display many of our
foremost goals: protection of farmland, preservation of family lands,
conservation of riparian corridors, maintaining wildlife habitat and
securing the region's scenic beauty. The Coble property is
clearly a site that The LandTrust is proud to have helped protect.