Triad Business Journal Mar. 2, 2006

Hyco Lake land added to conservancy

The Piedmont Land Conservancy has placed 342 acres on Hyco Lake in Caswell County near Semora under permanent protection, the group has announced.

The land was a portion of a farm owned by Thomas and Kim Berry and John and Carolyn Fuquay, who said they had been approached by developers interested in building a gated residential community on the property.

The owners didn't want to see such development happen, according to Tom Berry.

"It's a beautiful piece of property, and we want to keep it just the way it is for generations to come," Berry said.

The Ecosystem Enhancement Program, which is a partnership between the state and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, purchased a conservation easement on 167 acres buffering three streams flowing into the lake, and the owners donated conservation easements on the remainder of the property.

Protecting the property helps assure high water quality and improves the habitat for wildlife, the Piedmont Land Conservancy said.