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Catawba Lands Conservancy adds 87 acres of protected land along Forney Creek

Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy has just protected 87 acres of land along Forney Creek near the Town of Denver in Lincoln County. The official name of the property is Old Stumpy Preserve.

Old Stumpy Preserve will be a new addition to the Conservancy’s Forney Creek Conservation Area, bringing its total size to 308 acres of protected hardwood forests, floodplain and waterfowl ponds. The Conservancy was able to purchase Old Stumpy Preserve for conservation with funding from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

As people around the greater Charlotte region flock to the outdoors during the COVID-19 pandemic, the opportunity to expand trails and public access to nature is more critical than ever.

This property will allow for an additional 0.6 new miles of Carolina Thread Trail, adding to the existing 2.5-mile Forney Creek Trail.

The Forney Creek Trail currently runs through the Conservancy’s Sally’s Y and Catawba Springs Preserves. In addition, Old Stumpy Preserve will help protect water quality in Forney Creek, a stream listed as impaired by the state of North Carolina and located in a rapidly developing part of Lincoln County.