Salisbury’s Three Rivers Land Trust receives record $ 9.7 million for 19 conservation projects – Salisbury Post

SALISBURY – Three Rivers Land Trust will protect 5,381 acres of natural land and family farms across Piedmont after receiving a record increase in state funding.

Based in Salisbury, Three Rivers Land Trust strives to conserve land in a 15-county footprint stretching from Iredell to Cumberland County. He received $ 9.7 million from two public funds that will allow him to move forward with the conservation of 19 properties. Three Rivers applied for funding by submitting applications for each project.

Through the North Carolina Land and Water Fund, $ 6.45 million has been provided to Three Rivers to protect 11 properties totaling 2,701 acres. The properties include natural areas on High Rock Lake in Davidson County, Drowning Creek and Deep River in Moore County, Little River and Barnes Creek in Montgomery County, Rocky River in County of Cabarrus and a parcel in Stanly County.

Through the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund, Three Rivers Land Trust will protect eight family farms totaling 2,682 acres. This includes farms in Cabarrus, Stanly, Iredell, Davidson and Davie counties which primarily produce beef cattle and row crops.

“We have had a lot of happy landowners, a lot of people who are really grateful that we can partner with them to make it happen,” said Crystal Cockman, Associate Director of Three Rivers Land Trust. “One of my farm women said her heart was lifted to heaven. It makes a big difference for a lot of people.

This map shows the locations of conservation projects carried out by the Three Rivers Land Trust which recently received state funding. Card submitted.

Many farmers, Cockman said, are partnering with Three Rivers to continue cultivating and preserving the land for future generations. Three Rivers Land Trust executive director Travis Morehead said the organization has a waiting list of farmers representing 6,000 acres who want to preserve their land.

“This is a historic year for conservation in North Carolina,” Morehead said in a press release. “We have submitted our best projects for review. Thanks to a generous allocation from the Governor and the General Assembly, the NCLWF and ADFPTF were able to finance these important local conservation projects.

Morehead said the Land and Water Fund and the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund will also be bolstered with above-normal funding next year, meaning there are opportunities for organizations like hers to carry out conservation projects.

“It’s a great budget for conservation these two years,” Morehead said. “It’s fantastic. There are big projects going on all over the state.

The increased funding, Cockman said, will allow Three Rivers to complete projects it has been working on for several years.

“A lot of these projects have been on our radar for several years, and luckily this year the funds are there to help protect all of this amazing land,” Cockman said.

All money given to Three Rivers will go directly to the purchase of properties and easements, which will protect them in perpetuity. With the funding in hand, the next step is for Three Rivers Land Trust to work on the paperwork, site assessments and surveys needed to finalize the conservation projects. The staff of the organization will not be short of work.

“We were excited, but at the same time we caught a tiger by the tail,” Morehead said. “We’re going to do a little internal scaling up to make sure we can meet our obligations on these to make sure these projects come to fruition.”

In addition to the 19 projects, Three Rivers Land Trust will continue to work on other conservation efforts throughout the year. This includes conservation easements given by landowners who wish to protect their property in perpetuity.

In addition to state funding, Three Rivers relies on private donations. For every dollar donated in operational funding, Morehead said, staff were able to mobilize $ 13 in local project funds.

More information about Three Rivers Land Trust can be found online at trlt.org. Those interested in learning more about the conservation of their lands can contact Cockman at 704-647-0302 or [email protected].

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