For information on the protection of property in Anson, Montgomery, Randolph, Richmond, and Stanly counties,
contact Kevin Redding.
Larry and Betty Young have been noticing The LandTrust's acquisition of
properties around their 40 acre farm in northern Rowan County for
several years. Most notably, they were excited when we purchased
the 300 acre South Yadkin Refuge for Catawba College in 1999 for
purposes of establishing an outdoor learning laboratory for
undergraduate students. This property abuts theirs directly to
the north. They were thrilled to learn that the property would be
protected against development and would retain its natural beauty for
generations to come.
Then they found out that we were purchasing the Crowther property that
adjoined them to the south for purposes of protection, and they were
even more excited. They knew that their beautiful and secluded
property was going to forevermore be buffered against intensive
development thanks to our acquisitions on two sides of their property.
Thus, when they began contemplating a sale of part of their property,
they approached former LandTrust Board President and Director of the
Catawba Center for the Environment John Wear about the possibility of
incorporating their land in the outdoor learning laboratory
concept. They offered to sale 28 acres of their property for the
same price we had paid per acre for the adjoining tracts to provide
connectivity between our two parcels. Without acquisition of this
parcel, the only connection between the two tracts was a public game
land area owned by Alcoa which was not available for purchase.
Thus, the Young property provides a bridge between the 300 acre Catawba
Refuge tract and the nearly 200 acre Crowther parcel, creating a 530
acre contiguous ecological preserve, learning center, and potential
The land that the Young's sold
to The LandTrust is approximately 80% forested in mature mixed
hardwoods. The remainder is currently in hay production and is
extremely rich in native wildlife. The LandTrust feels very
fortunate to have the support of friends and neighbors like the Young's
in continuing progress toward large scale contiguous conservation
projects. We are hopeful that we will be successful in acquiring
additional contiguous properties in the core of our "Two Rivers
Preserve" conservation area at the confluence of the Yadkin and South
Yadkin Rivers in Rowan, Davie, and Davidson Counties.