For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.
By far, 2001’s largest protected tract of land came through the
generosity and concern of the Brown Family of Rowan County. A
telling of the Brown Family story reveals both a keen awareness of the
necessity for conservation as well as heart-warming story of a father’s
This past hunting season, Charles Brown III and his brother Arthur
Brown made a commitment to one another – that their family farm near
Cleveland, NC would remain in its current natural and undeveloped state
for generations to come. Regrettably, the two brothers
would not have an opportunity to act upon their wishes together, for
Charles would meet his untimely passing just a couple months later.
This summer, in an effort to fulfill their father’s wish, Thomas Brown
and Christine Snipes, in collaboration with their Uncle Thomas, have
accomplished that which Charles could not. The Brown Family
placed a conservation easement on their 250 acre family farm in Western
Rowan County. This easement will insure the protection of their
land and permanent viability as hunting grounds forever.
Collaborating with The LandTrust for Central NC, the Brown’s have made
a significant contribution to conservation in an area yet to feel
significant developmental pressures. Such development however
clearly looms over the horizon, as Cleveland lies between Salisbury and
Statesville - two cities rapidly growing towards each other.
The property protected by the Brown Family is distinguished by rolling
hills, large pastures, an extended forest, scenic bluffs, and a stand
out view of Young’s Mountain. Andy Abramson, Director of Land
Protection with The LandTrust for Central NC noted, “the Brown’s
donation to conservation is quite remarkable. Not only have they
eliminated a tremendous tract of land from developmental consideration,
but they have also acted as a wonderful role model for their
neighbors.” With the Brown’s as the catalyst, two other
landowners (including family members) in the immediate vicinity are
leaning towards doing the same thing to their land. If these
landowners follow suit as expected, it will result in almost 350 acres
receiving permanent protection, which would constitute the largest
permanently protected tract in western Rowan County.
Also of local significance, the Brown property runs adjacent to a
lengthy portion of Third Creek, a tributary feeding into the South
Yadkin River. The protection of land surrounding Third Creek will
ultimately result in the assurance of cleaner water going to the South
Yadkin, which in part, provides drinking water for millions of people