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Katawba Valley Land Trust
The Katawba Valley Land Trust received two conservation easements that protect an additional 380 acres.
A 187-acre conservation easement was donated by the Stoneboro Plantation LLC in the Stoneboro area of southern Lancaster and northern Kershaw counties.
The donation is the second easement donated to KVLT by the Stoneboro Plantation LLC.
The total protected acreage is 751 acres on the heavily wooded property, which protects the headwaters of Little Beaver Creek.
The property consists of stands of loblolly pines and mixed hardwoods in the floodplain and riparian areas along Little Beaver Creek. The pine forests are open with little understory growth due to the use of prescribed fire in the management of the property. The use of fire stimulates natural conditions and enhances the growth of native grasses and shrubs.
Game animals such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey and mourning dove are abundant on the property. The property also provides important habitat for neo-tropical migratory birds. Another characteristic of the property is the large outcrops of granite scattered throughout the property. These granite outcrops are significant from a geologic and scenic perspective and reflect the past significance of granite to this area and its stone quarries.
“Protecting this property through a conservation easement enhances wildlife habitat and protects water quality,” said Barry Beasley, executive director of the Katawba Valley Land Trust.
Lindsay Pettus, land trust president, agreed.
“We are very appreciative of the commitment to conservation shown by the Burlingame and FitzHugh families,” Pettus said.
“Their management of this property demonstrates their ongoing interest in land protection and their conservation ethic.”
The Burlingames and FitzHughs said they were pleased to continue the work of the Katawba Valley Land Trust to promote conservation activities in the region.
Kershaw County parcel
The second conservation easement protects 193 acres in Kershaw County. The parcel is characterized by farmland and a bottom land of hardwood forest along Buffalo Creek. The conservation of the property protects traditional agricultural uses of rural property, provides significant wildlife habitat and protects the water quality of Buffalo Creek.
A conservation easement is a voluntary agreement between a landowner and the land trust which places certain restrictions on the future development of the property while protecting the conservation values in perpetuity.
Landowners can also realize tax benefits of the donated easement. With these two easements, the Katawba Valley Land Trust, located in Lancaster has protected more than 8,100 acres since its formation in 1992.