The Katawba Valley Land Trust (KVLT) received two conservation easements at the end of 2014.
An easement is an agreement between a land owner and a land trust that stipulates limitations on development in order to preserve conservation efforts on wildlife and flora in the area.
The first plot that was donated to the trust in 2014 was a 219-acre area near the Stoneboro area. It was donated by Stoneboro Plantation, LLC. With this easement, KVLT now oversees 970 acres of protected land donated by the company.
“Protecting this property through a conservation easement enhances wildlife habitat and protects water quality,” Barry Beasley, KVLT executive director, said.
The second easement is a 116-acre area in Chester County. It is a heavily wooded area along the Rocky Creek and is managed through modern forestry practices. The area is considered an important habitat area for wildlife, specifically neo-tropical songbirds, and also protects the water.
The trust oversees 33 easements that total more than 9,000 acres of protected to land to further conservation efforts for local fauna and flora.