Wednesday, March 19, 2008

7 Million to Protect Wilson Creek from Development

The Charlotte Observer is reporting on an announcement by the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina that they have obtained a purchse contract on four miles of National Wild and Senic River, Wilson Creek.
Seven months ago, a Florida developer had planned to build 225 houses on the tract. Creek lovers responded with outrage.

Foothills, a land trust based in Morganton, and the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission have until the end of 2009 to buy the tract for $7 million. They have applied for grants from two state trust funds.
Assuming the sale goes through, private land around the clear, frothing mountain creek will become state gamelands officially open to the public.

"It's sort of a sacred place," said Caldwell County commissioner Ron Beane, who helped lead efforts to win the 2000 Wild and Scenic designation. "That's how locals here think of it, because people have used it for so many years as a getaway."

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