NCNR to protect, preserve 61 acres

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)



Article Published: Jan. 23, 2014 | Modified: Jan. 23, 2014
NCNR to protect, preserve 61 acres

Barbara and Stephen Benson, of Todd, recently donated 61 acres of property to a conservation easement.

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A Todd couple — Barbara and Stephen Benson — has donated a conservation easement of 61 acres of property.

Entrusted to the National Committee for the New River, the property ties into a network of previously conserved land in the Todd area.

“This land was a treasure that my father gave to his children,” Barbara Benson said. “He would be pleased that it would stay as it is, beautiful and full of natural life for the future generations of his family to walk over and love as he did.”

According to the NCNR, the protected streams on the property, which eventually flow into the South Fork of the New River, will further enhance the water quality in the river for generations to come.
Currently, the South Fork is designated as High Quality Waters by the N.C. Division of Water Resources.

Funding for the project was made possible by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina, which is a statewide organization that supports North Carolina’s 23 local land trusts.

NCNR works throughout the entire watershed in North Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia to ensure, through science, policy and direct action.

Conservation easements are one tool NCNR uses to protect land from future development and preserve important natural resource values. The land continues to be privately owned and may be sold or passed on to heirs, but conservation restrictions stay with the land in perpetuity, according to a news release.

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