Recently Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT), a Salisbury-based conservation group, transferred 92 acres of forest to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC). The property is located in Montgomery County, near Troy, NC.
WBTV reported that this particular patch of land contains Panther Branch and Barnes Creek, which are designated outstanding resource waters, the highest water quality designation given by the state.
Travis Morehead, Executive Director of Three Rivers Land Trust, said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the transfer, that “TRLT is excited about this transfer to NCWRC because we are helping protect wildlife habitat, aquatic biodiversity, and providing additional gamelands for public recreation. Since 1995, TRLT has transferred over 8,600 acres to the public trust, and this new project just further confirms our commitment to expanding public lands.”
In addition to the outstanding water quality, the streams on the property are home to a rare species of mussels, and following the transfer of the property to the NCWRC, the entire stream is now protected.