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Deep in the woods of Chestnut Mountain Nature Park you see a variety of trees with the sun shining through the middle.

A Conservation Success Story

Decades ago, plans for a motor speedway and associated amenities, including condos and cabins on the property fell flat while construction had barely begun. The property has remained vacant since the initial disturbance was made when first breaking ground in the 1990’s. In 2020, the purchase of the property was facilitated by Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) for the purpose of conservation via easement and donation of the land to the Town of Canton. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and private donors provided significant funding for the property. This will prove to be a strong investment for the people of North Carolina. This property is a critical piece of a larger wildlife corridor. It will permanently protect nine miles of streams, including a section of Hominy Creek. The property is located on a priority wildlife corridor, connecting the Pisgah National Forest to Sandy Mush and Cherokee Forest of East Tennessee.

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