Troutman, N.C. – In early December, landowners Jane and Layton Getsinger donated a conservation easement to Catawba Lands Conservancy to permanently protects the 16-acre fields and forests surrounding their home in southern Iredell County near Troutman, N.C.
Motivated by the pace of nearby development, the Getsingers hope their decision will inspire other neighbors to conserve their land, eventually creating a preservation corridor along their road leading to Lake Norman State Park. The landowners hope to maintain the rural character of the landscapes in this area.
“Rural and wild places are part of our region’s character and identity, and it nourishes our souls to see them and spend time in them,” said Jane.
When describing their motivations, the Getsingers remarked, “Our conservation easement is a gift to our children and future generations, who are now assured of being able to walk this land in peace and be fed by the beauty and solitude.”
The Conservancy recognizes that relatively smaller projects like these are critical to increasing conservation in our urbanizing region and appreciates generous partners like the Getsingers. This new conservation projects bring the Conservancy’s protected acreage to 17,632.