Conservancy Buys Land Along Dan River

Conservancy Buys Land Along Dan River

11:00pm Jun 23, 2014
The Piedmont Land Conservancy has bought 134 acres in Stokes County along the Dan River.
Photo courtesy of the Piedmont Land Conservancy.

The Piedmont Land Conservancy has bought a large tract of land along the Dan River.

The 134-acre parcel is located in Stokes County’s Westfield community. It’s across the river from Jessup’s Mill, a historic property that dates to the early 20th century. Kevin Redding is executive director of the non-profit Land Conservancy. He says the tract had been on the market for about a year, and during that time the organization raised the money to buy it.

The property has a diverse range of trees and plants. Redding says it’s also teeming with wildlife including deer, wild turkeys and migratory birds.

Water quality on the Dan River has been a concern since a massive coal ash spill in February. But Redding says that spill was several miles downriver, too far away to have a direct impact. The Piedmont Land Conservancy paid $482,000 for the land and closed on the deal earlier this month.

The Conservancy is hosting a guided paddling event on the Dan River Saturday, July 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is more information on the event here.

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