Three Rivers Land Trust

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Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) announced the recent conservation of 266 acres on Poison Fork Creek. That brings a total of 521 acres conserved in Randolph County, with the additional 255 acres that was also protected by the TRLT in 2019.

The new conservation land adjoins the Uwharrie National Forest and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission Game Lands. The conservation-minded landowner wishes to remain anonymous.

The North Carolina Land and Water Fund (previously known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund) and the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund, as well as Three Rivers Land Trust members provided funding for this latest land conservation project along Poison Fork Creek.

The Enviva Forest Conservation Fund is a $5 million, 10-year program established by Enviva Holdings, LP in December 2015 to protect environmentally sensitive bottomland and wetland forests. Administered by the US Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the Fund awards grants annually to nonprofit organizations and government agencies for conservation projects in North Carolina and Virginia.

“This property not only protects significant frontage along Poison Fork Creek, which is an outstanding resource water, but also protects the federally listed endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower and the state’s rare Georgia aster,” states Crystal Cockman, TRLT’s director of conservation. “Outstanding resource waters are of the highest quality found in the state, and several species of rare mussel are known to occur within this stretch of the stream.”

“This is an incredible opportunity for the TRLT to work with a conservation-minded landowner to protect over 500 acres of land in the heart of the Uwharrie National Forest boundary,” said TRLT Executive Director, Travis Morehead. “We are committed to protecting lands such as this one across our 15-county region.”

To learn more about how you can conserve property in our region, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or or visit their website at

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Kent Misegades

Protected from what? The most endangered living species of all are human beings, who, endowed the inalienable rights from God of life, liberty and property, turn otherwise useless land into a source of income for their families and jobs for their community. Take land away in the name of conservation and communities generally suffer economically, as land becomes more scare, land prices increase, and increased regulation stifles capitalism, the engine of an economy. If all these supposed endangered flowers and critters existed already on this piece of land, why does it need to be “protected”? Humans are the best stewards of their own property, as they have an incentive to maintain or increase its value to produce an income and pass on to their heirs. Privately-owned parks and recreational areas are generally run more efficiently and are maintained better than those regulated by government. Hunters, not environmentalists, are responsible for the population growth of waterfowl, wild turkeys, elk and other species. Rachel Carson’s book of lies, Silent Spring, killed millions of impoverished people from malaria when DDT’s use was restricted. God protect us from do-gooders and environmentalists.

Dan Roman

Conservation protects and preserves from the most violence prone species on earth, homo sapiens, ie: humans, as perfectly exemplified by the mindset of Kent Misegades and his ilk, people who kill not for or out of necessity but for wealth, land, politics, & sport. There are almost no subsistence hunter/gatherer societies left on what remains of planet Earth. Humans have proved to be the worst of all possible stewards of our only home for the foreseeable future.

Susan Hulbert

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