Plyer donates 11.4 acres to Katawba land trust

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By Katawba Valley Land Trust

More than 10 acres has been donated to the Katawba Valley Land Trust in the city of Lancaster.

According to the land trust, Mary Neal Plyler, wife of the late G. Millon Plyler, donated 11.4 acres to the trust. 

The land is between First Washington Baptist Church and Eastside Academy on Hannah’s Creek along East Meeting Street. 

The property holds bottomland hardwoods subject to frequent flooding. The land adds to the KVLT Lancaster Greenway Preserve, roughly 300 acres of protected property running through the city of Lancaster. 

KVLT naturalist Austin Jenkins visited the tract and found it to be comprised of many towering hardwood trees, including cottonwood, red maple, sweetgum, mulberry, American elm, willow oak,and green ash.

Birds noted within the tract included red-shouldered hawks and the striking hooded warbler, which prefers hardwood forests that have some shrub understory.

“It’s always special to see nature so diverse and active within the city limits, since we so often times don’t expect it,” Jenkins said in a press release. “I look forward to the day when we can incorporate trails through these woods so that everyone can experience this feeling for themselves.”

Lindsay Pettus, president of KVLT, said the Katawba Valley Land Trust appreciates this generous donation of property by Plyler to add to the Lancaster Greenway properties along Cane, Camp, Bear and Gills and Hannah creeks.

“This donation will enable KVLT to continue to accomplish our mission of protection and conservation of associated creeks that feed into the Catawba River,” Pettus said.

KVLT has been involved in the protection of 7,600 acres through conservation easements, acquisitions or transfer of land to state agencies.