“Permanent protection of this tract will help preserve scenic views from public trails in the adjoining Rough Creek watershed, as well as stream sources and habitat in an important wildlife corridor,” says Conservation Director Hanni Muerdter. “These 54 acres add to a network of thousands of acres of protected land in Haywood County and western Buncombe County.”
To the south, the property also adjoins a 139-acre parcel that SAHC purchased last year in the Beaverdam Creek watershed.
“Beaverdam Creek has a priority action plan written by Haywood Waterways Association, which emphasizes additional land protection for water quality improvement,” explains Muerdter. “Land conservation is one of the best ways to help protect streams, as it prevents future disturbance and sedimentation that could impact water quality.”
Stream waters originating on the steep slopes of this property flow into Beaverdam Creek and its tributaries.
We are extremely grateful for generous seed gift from private donors for the acquisition and support from SAHC’s members, which made this conservation project possible. Thank you!