Land Conservation Projects
Below are descriptions of the Katawba Valley Land Trust’s most recent conservation projects:
KVLT has banner year for land protection in 2019
The land trust protected eight properties in 2019. Four of these were protected through conservation easement agreements and four properties were donated.
In May, a conservation easement was donated to KVLT on a portion of the site of Battle of Hanging Rock in the American Revolution. The South Carolina Battleground Trust purchased the 15.5 acre site as part of a long-range plan to protect the battle site, which is in multiple ownerships. The battle site is south of Heath Springs in Lancaster County.
In June, the land trust received a conservation easement donation from the South Carolina Battleground Trust of a 294.5-acre parcel at the Battle of Camden in Kershaw County. The property includes the site where Barron DeKalb was mortally wounded, and this revolutionary battlefield now includes about 770 acres.
In November, KVLT received a conservation easement on 15.5 acres of land known as the Musterground. This property is in southern Lancaster County and was thought to be the location of a revolutionary war gathering and drill area.
In December, a conservation easement was donated to KVLT on a 151-acre riverfront portion of the Nisbet Property near Van Wyck. This property is contiguous with the Ivy Place, on which we hold a 701 -acre easement. This easement will help to protect natural resources along the river, and water quality by buffering the Catawba River, and will protect the viewshed. Thanks to the generosity and conservation minded Nisbet family, KVLT has now protected about 1,000 acres in the Van Wyck area of the Catawba River basin.
Mark Grier, KVLT President states, “KVLT is proud to be a part of protecting these properties that protect our historic and natural resources”. Dick Christie, KVLT Executive Director, said “it is wonderful to work in a community where so many people want to protect natural, cultural and historic resources of the area”.
The Katawba Valley Land Trust is a membership-based conservation organization that was founded by Lindsay Pettus in 1992. The land trust’s mission is to conserve significant natural and cultural resources in Lancaster County and the surrounding area.
The land trust also sponsors an annual speaker series that is open to the public and hosts hikes and outings throughout the year. For more information on the land trust visit the website at www.kvlt.org. or the KVLT Facebook page.
Executive Director / Katawba Valley Land Trust
Previous Land Conservation Projects:
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