Save the Headwaters Tract

Headwaters - East Fork Falls

Every once in a while there’s an opportunity to save a tract of land. Former Congressman Charles Taylor has agreed to sell 8,000 acres of land on the Headwaters of the East Fork of the French Broad River. But it’s not a done deal.

In June, Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and The Conservation Fund announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire 8,000 acres of land in Transylvania County. But now, these conservation groups have to get the money. They felt that the best way is to have the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission administer the land for multiple use – that’s hunting, fishing, hiking and even mountain biking.

Headwaters - On an ATVI toured the property on Tuesday with Steve Towe, the real estate broker for the property to write an article for Mountain Xpress.

You can’t walk over 8,000 acres so we were on an ATV most of the day. The Headwaters Tract is between Dupont State Forest and Gorges State Park, right on the Blue Ridge Escarpment.

Headwaters - Hidden falls The property has 25 waterfalls. See East Fork Falls above and Hidden Falls to the left. It also has 50 miles of stream with the native brook trout.

The Wildlife Resources Commission met yesterday in Raleigh. Although they endorsed getting the land, they have not yet been convinced  that they have to apply for grants to the Clean Water Trust Fund and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund.

This interplay of state agencies is not easy to understand. We should write letters to Gov. Bev Perdue to encourage her to support the Headwaters Project. See the website for specific details.

 

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