For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.
Blair Tract I
The LandTrust has recently taken a significant step towards protecting
its first property in the Barnes Creek watershed. The Blair
family, a prominent Montgomery County family known for their civic
responsibility and pursuit of historic preservation, has agreed to work
with The LandTrust to see that the 235 acre Long Mountain property will
be retained in its natural state. According to the terms of the
contract, The LandTrust will purchase the property at a bargain sale
while also receiving a nearby 17 acre property as a donation.
Partial funding for this project has been made available by the N.C.
Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The remaining matching funds
are currently under consideration by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife
Service through grants made available by the North American Wetlands
The Long Mountain property represents
a variety of conservation values worthy of protection. Foremost
of these values, the property contains nearly 3,000 feet of frontage on
Poison Fork, a major tributary of Barnes Creek. With its steep
slopes buffering the stream, proper management of the property will
ensure continued protection of water quality in Poison Fork. In
addition, several intermittent streams run down from the top of Long
Mountain into both Poison Fork and Barnes Creek. By allowing this
entire property to retain its mixed hardwood forest, the waters of
Barnes Creek will continue to flow clear and clean.
Continuity is another major reason for The LandTrust's interest in this
property. The Long Mountain property sits adjacent to a large
block of the Uwharrie National Forest. Thus, it expands the
wildlife corridor formed by the Forest along Poison Fork.
Secondly, the property houses a small portion of the popular Uwharrie
Recreational Trail. Several hundred feet of the trail cross the
property along the valley between Long Mountain and Little Long
Mountain. It is our hope that the Long Mountain property will
provide a permanent corridor for the trail and help reconnect one of
the missing pieces. Finally, the Long Mountain property forms a
portion of that area identified as "Long Mountain Slopes" by botanist
Moni Bates in the recently completed Montgomery County Natural Heritage
Inventory. The Slopes were rated as State Significant due to the
proximity of Barnes Creek and several threatened species of plants
found in the area. The combination of these factors yields a
property that contained all the merits of a wonderful conservation
The LandTrust would like to thank the Blair
family for their commitment to landscape and historical preservation in
Montgomery County. Also, we are grateful to the N.C. Clean Water
Management Trust Fund for their support of this project. Please
stay tuned for future updates on the status of this beautiful property.