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Just north of Statesville rests a 324 acre cattle farm owned by Dr.
Walter Holland and his wife Edith. The site is near and dear to
the Holland family as it is where Walter grew up as a child. Now,
decades later and having developed a great personal attachment to the
land, Walter and Edi have taken the necessary step to insure the farm
will look the same for future generations of children.
By protecting the family farm with a conservation easement, the
Hollands have insured its fate. They have insured that the
magnificent views of the gently rising Brushy Mountains will forever
remain in the farm's viewshed forever. As Interstate 77 traverses
the property for nearly one mile, they have insured that 50,000 daily
highway travelers will always enjoy the soothing pastoral views, free
from billboards, cell towers, and other visual pollution. They
have insured that one mile of the South Yadkin River and downstream
water quality will always be protected by the securities afforded from
a riparian buffer. They have also insured that the farm will
forevermore remain free from excessive development and provide the same
solace for future area residents.
If this story sounds
familiar to you, it should. That is because this is the second
time the Hollands have placed family lands under the protection of a
permanent conservation easement. As you may recall, in 2000 the
Holland Family placed the 192 acre Iredell County farm on which they
live under easement. Both farms capture the spirit of
conservation in the truest sense of the word.
Not only have
they been permanently preserved for generations to come, but the
Holland family has taken the next step in conservation. With the
assistance of their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
representative, both farms have been outfitted with the latest in
agricultural conservation technology. From fenced out streams to
gravity watering wells, the Holland Farm has it all.
District Conservationist Larry Hendrix remarked, "It truly has been a
pleasure to work with the Holland Family in restoring their land to a
Sitting just six miles above downtown
Statesville, the Hollands are very aware of the northward trend of
urbanization. "We have huge concerns about green space and tracts
of land staying open," Edie commented. "If you look around this
community, you see a lot of farms being developed."
trend of urban sprawl is something the Hollands rightfully take great
pride in. LandTrust executive director and Iredell County native
Jason Walser observed, "The collective lands jointly protected by the
Hollands and The LandTrust represents some of the finest land in our
ten county region. Breathtaking views, large stands of old
hardwoods serving as outstanding bird and wildlife habitat, miles of
major river frontage, and the finest farm soils available make this one
of our best protection projects to date."
ethic demonstrated by the Holland Family is truly phenomenal.
Having made land conservation a family tradition, the Hollands have
single-handedly protected 516 acres of prime farmland – the new
benchmark of private party conservation for Iredell County.