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The Pittsboro holly & other Chatham conservation

By Doug Nicholas
Posted Wednesday, June 28, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - I applaud Vance's efforts to create a small park to preserve the wonderful Pittsboro Holly! His actions bring to life the adage "think globally, act locally."

As for the (slightly) larger view, I'd like to remind you of the great work being done to conserve the natural areas, farms and forests of Chatham County. Triangle Land Conservancy to date has helped to protect almost 3,500 acres in Chatham.

Much of that work is on the Deep River, where we have conserved almost 1,400 acres in Chatham (and another 840 acres in Lee Co), including the 276-acre White Pines Preserve that is open to the public year-round and the McIver Landing public canoe access in Gulf.

Another large portion of our Chatham County work is on the Haw River, starting with the 1,000+ acre Haw Slopes property we helped the state secure as a state natural area between Bynum and US 64. We continue to work on the Haw, in partnership with the good folks of the Haw River Assembly, to add conservation lands north of Bynum.

Working with conservation-minded private landowners, we have also protected through conservation agreements almost 800 acres of farmland and forestland south of US 64 and west of the Rocky River. And our Chatham County Working Lands Initiative is looking for ways to bring funding for additional working lands conservation projects so the many farmers and forestland owners who make up the backbone of this county's economy can afford to protect the land they love.

I invite Vance and all Chatham residents who want to see the natural lands and the working lands of our county flourish to support Triangle Land Conservancy through membership and volunteerism.

Doug is a Chatham County resident and Director of Communications for the Triangle Land Conservancy

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The Pittsboro holly & other Chatham conservation
The holly tree across the street from the Pittsboro General Store.

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