Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

One of the players in the recent Big Creek development story, The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, wrote us a very nice email thanking us and our fellow bloggers for the recent coverage of the issue on the North Mills River. Here is an excerpt from the e-mail from Lydia Willoughby, the organization's outreach director:
The proposed plans would have negatively impacted water quality in Henderson County as well as recreational use of the area; conservationists and fly fishermen and fisherwomen alike can be tentatively satisfied that no further development will be seriously pursued. Our first completed conservation easement is in the North Mills River area bordering Pisgah National Forest, as well as one of our more recent projects, and we are indeed happy about the developer withdrawing the proposed subdivision.
Here is a description of what the conservancy attempts to make happen:
Saving the Places You Love
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy helps landowners protect local land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As a local nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC is helping to create a regional network of more than 16,200 acres of protected farm, forest, park and natural lands.

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