Winston-Salem Journal, Jul. 3 , 2007


Conservancy buys 172 acres in Surry

Land and five miles of stream will be under permanent protection

By Sherry Youngquist

MOUNT AIRY -- The Piedmont Land Conservancy announced yesterday the permanent protection of 172 acres and more than five miles of stream in northwest Surry County.

The group used grant money to buy conservation easements from Barbara McNeil, Steve and Sheila Swift, Walter and Amy Tayloe, and David Steele Jr. Terms of the sales were not disclosed.

With each purchase, the Piedmont Land Conservancy can protect natural resources important to Surry County and its future as an outdoor tourism attraction, said Kalen Kingsbury, the conservancy’s associate director.

It provides additional protection to the Mitchell River where it comes together with the South Fork.

The Piedmont Land Conservancy used grant money from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the state’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program, which is a partnership between the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the N.C. Department of Transportation.

In addition, the Piedmont Land Conservancy announced yesterday that it has sold a conservation easement on 151 acres in the Fishers Peak Natural Heritage area to the state’s Ecosystem Enhancement Program.

This easement protects more than 2 miles of Fisher River headwater streams in northern Surry County. Conservancy officials said that the purchase frees up money so that they can react quickly if other land protection opportunities arise.

¦ Sherry Youngquist can be reached in Mount Airy at 789-9338 or at