Three Rivers conserves land in Montgomery

Published 9:27 am Thursday, January 7, 2021

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Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) has announced the conservation of a 27-acre property in Montgomery County.

The landowners, Dennis and Marcia Shaw, 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 important parcel.

This property is between two large tracts owned by the United States Forest Service (USFS). The conservation of this tract builds off a base of these adjacent conserved lands, providing connectivity for wildlife. Protecting tracts like this one from development increases the ability of the USFS to manage its existing lands, including the use of land management tools like prescribed fire.

“Three Rivers Land Trust are happy to help the Shaws meet their conservation goals for this property and to conserve this important wildlife corridor,” Executive Director Travis
Morehead said. “Protecting land in and around the small and fragmented Uwharrie National Forest has been a focus of the Land Trust for more than two decades.”

In addition to the Shaw Land, Three Rivers Land Trust protected two other Montgomery County tracts last year as well totaling more than 200 acres.

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