SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - The Salisbury-based LandTrust for Central North Carolina has announced the launching of a "Save the Yadkin" Campaign supporting efforts to purchase 4,700-acres and 76 miles of shoreline owned by the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA).
These lands are made available as part of the Relicensing Settlement Agreement signed by Alcoa in 2007.
More than 1.7 million people use the waters of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin every day, for drinking water, for industry, for growing crops, for generating power and for recreation. Twenty-five public utilities draw water from the river. Approximately 8,675,171 people live within 100 miles of the center of proposal acquisition including the metro areas of Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Greensboro. Maintaining conserved public access to these lands is crucial to outdoor recreation in the state.
The LandTrust is working to conserve the 2,310 acres that are located along the Yadkin River, the South Yadkin River, and High Rock Lake, first. The purchase price for this land is $7.7 million. The LandTrust and other partners have raised $5.3 million already towards the purchase. That leaves an additional $2.4 million to be raised and we need your support. The funds raised includes a $500,000 "challenge grant" – which means that for every dollar raised of the next $500,000 that money is matched dollar for dollar.
There is urgency to this effort as the clock is ticking on the time remaining to "Save the Yadkin." The LandTrust has until September of 2019 (a little over a year) to raise the remaining funds to purchase the High Rock Lake portion. We must be successful in raising these funds and purchase the High Rock Lands to be given an additional 2 years to buy the 2,390 acres on Tuckertown Lake. The LandTrust will not own these lands, they will be owned by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and will be open for public recreation.
The lands represented by this project are currently privately held (owned by ALCOA) but have been open and accessible as "Gamelands" to the public for over 30 years. Generations of North Carolinians have enjoyed access to these lands for a variety of recreational activities including; camping, hiking, rock climbing, paddling, hunting, and fishing. Without this purchase, these lands could be sold on the open market and the public recreation currently enjoyed would be lost.
We will be hosting public meetings so that you can learn how you can help with the effort to "Save the Yadkin," at 7:00pm on July 24, 26, and 31. The meeting on Tuesday, July 24 will be held at the Stanly County Commons in the Commissioner's Meeting Room located at 1000 N 1st Street, #3, Albemarle NC 28001. The meeting on Thursday, July 26 will be held at the Gateway Building – Food Lion, LLC Board Room at 204 East Innes Street, Salisbury NC 28144. The meeting on Tuesday, July 31 will be held at the Davidson County Governmental Center, 4th Floor Conference Room at 913 N. Greensboro Street, Lexington NC 27292.
The acquisition of the Alcoa Lands conserves critical habitat, connects conserved areas and wild places, provides for clean drinking water, maintains access for the public and helps to sustain the local outdoor recreation/tourism economies. To contribute to this important conservation project, please contact The LandTrust today at 704-647-0302 or donate online at https://landtrustcnc.org/alcoa-lands-conservation/.
To learn more about this project or how you can support The LandTrust for Central North Carolina, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or email@example.com.