Results and Accomplishments
Rather than sell off this valuable forested area located along the river, this company chose to sell a conservation easement to the State of North Carolina. The company retains the right to continue forest and wildlife management, salvage any diseased or blown over timber, restore and manage a longleaf pine ecosystem, and to construct, maintain and repair trails and boardwalks. The company cannot subdivide the property, allow building of residential, commercial or industrial structures, dump trash, or alter the natural wetlands.
Public benefits from protecting riparian forest wetlands (forested areas near streams) include lower water temperatures from the shade of the trees, filtration of sediment, filtration of toxins and excess nutrients, storage and retention of flood waters, river bank stabilization, and habitat for numerous fish and wildlife species.