Three Rivers Land Trust permanently conserves 115 acres on Rocky River

Published 3:33 pm Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) announced Wednesday the conservation of a 115-acre property in Stanly County. The landowners, Leon and Donna Huneycutt, placed a permanent conservation easement on their property in December 2020. This working-lands conservation easement allows for continued agricultural and forestry practices, while restricting the future
development and subdivision of this parcel.

Leon Huneycutt

The Huneycutts previously worked with TRLT in 2002 to protect an adjacent 136-acre property.

Both properties possess significant river frontage on the Rocky River, one of the longest undammed rivers in the Piedmont. Bald eagles, river otters, softshell turtles and many other wildlife species call this river home.

“Three Rivers Land Trust is proud to have worked with the Huneycutts to permanently conserve their property and help them meet their conservation goals,” states Executive Director Travis Morehead. “Protecting working farms and forests has been a focus of TRLT since our inception, having protected more than 15,000 acres of farmland since 1995.”

Leon is truly leading by example, as not only are he and his wife conservation land owners, he also serves on the TRLT Board of Directors.

To learn more about how to protect your property, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or

For more information about supporting Three Rivers Land Trust by becoming a member, contact or visit its website at

Three Rivers Land Trust works with private landowners and public agencies to conserve natural, scenic, agricultural and historic places in a 15-county region of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of North Carolina. Since 1995, the Land Trust has worked to offer options to landowners who want to conserve their lands for future generations to enjoy.