State trust funds allocate $ 9.7 million to Three Rivers Land Trust to protect 5,381 acres

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – The Salisbury-based Three Rivers Land Trust (TRLT) announced recent funding in the amount of $ 9,755,298 to protect 5,381 acres of natural spaces and family farms on its 15 counties. Funding was provided to TRLT by the North Carolina Land and Water Fund (NCLWF) and the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFPTF).

This is a record increase in funding over previous years thanks to the generous allocation from the General Assembly and signed by Governor Cooper.

Through the North Carolina Land and Water Fund (NCLWF), administered by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, $ 6,449,917 has been allocated to TRLT to protect 11 properties, totaling 2,701 acres. The NCLWF properties will protect vital natural areas of High Rock Lake in Davidson County, Drowning Creek and Deep River in Moore County, Little River and Barnes Creek in Montgomery County, Rocky River in Cabarrus County and part of Stanly County.

In addition, $ 3,305,381 was awarded to protect 8 family farms in TRLT’s footprint, totaling 2,682 acres, through the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFPTF), administered by the Department of ‘North Carolina Agriculture. ADFPTF properties will protect local family farms in Cabarrus, Stanly, Iredell, Davidson and Davie counties. These farms mainly produce beef cattle and row crops. Several of these farms are part of larger phased projects with the potential to protect even more acreage with these landowners in the future. This farmland funding is a piece of the puzzle, as the ADFPTF pays a percentage of the purchase of the conservation easement and TRLT will ask USDA for the remaining funds needed to complete these projects early next year.

“This is a pivotal year for conservation in North Carolina,” said Executive Director Travis Morehead. “We have submitted our best projects for review. Thanks to a generous allocation from the Governor and the General Assembly, the NCLWF and ADFPTF were able to finance these important local conservation projects.

“Three Rivers Land Trust is delighted to have received these funds. This funding will allow us to work with large landowners to protect these special natural spaces and family farms across our region, ”said Associate Director Crystal Cockman. “Many of these projects have been on our radar for several years and luckily this year the funds are here to help protect all of this amazing land. “

The money from this grant goes directly to the acquisition of these properties and easements, which will protect them in perpetuity. Operational and administrative expenses are financed by donations

members of the TRLT. For every dollar donated for operational funding, TRLT staff were able to mobilize $ 13 in local project funds.

This year, Three Rivers refocused its efforts on conserving local farmland through the creation of the Farmland Fund, partially funded by their current year-end campaign, “Save the Farm”. To support the local conservation efforts of Three Rivers Land Trust, please visit

To learn more about how to conserve your own lands or how you can support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, please contact Crystal Cockman, Associate Director of Three Rivers Land Trust at 704-647-0302 or

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