Three Rivers Land Trust retains 84 acres of hardwood trees on the Uwharrie River in Randolph County



SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) – From Three Rivers Land Trust: Along the Uwharrie River is 84 acres of mature hardwood forest, all of which are now conserved by the Salisbury-based Three Rivers Land Trust. With nearly ¾ mile of frontage along the Uwharrie River, a high quality watershed, this property is packed with scenic views and even has rare mussels on site.

The section of the Uwharrie River along which the Cranford property sits is a popular body of water for paddlers as there are rapids and rocky outcrops that are fun to navigate. Anglers also use this section of the river, as it is well known as a great place to catch smallmouth bass.

This property is located on Lou Cranford Road, a long-standing family neighborhood. Linda, David and Christi Cranford wanted to make sure the property would be there for future generations, which is why they went to Three Rivers Land Trust. Christi Cranford commented: “It has been a pleasure working with Three Rivers and I am happy to be able to put the land in conservation so that it can exist for generations to come.

“We are delighted to be able to keep this property with the Cranford family,” said Crystal Cockman, Director of Conservation. “This conservation easement is also located near another 202 acre property held by TRLT. Protecting the Uwharrie River and providing public access to it has been a long term goal of our organization. We have worked hard to conserve the land in the Uwharries, one of the most biodiverse areas in Piedmont.

“Permanently protecting nearly ¾ of a mile of the frontage of a stream on the Uwharrie River is a fantastic achievement. This has been made possible by generous and conservation-minded landowners, ”said Travis Morehead, Executive Director of TRLT. “We are delighted to have worked with the Cranford family to conserve the incredible hardwood forest on this property and help the Cranfords achieve their conservation goals.”

Special thanks to Fred and Alice Stanback, who helped fund this project.

To learn more about how to protect your own property or how to support Three Rivers Land Trust in our conservation mission, contact Crystal Cockman at 704-647-0302 or

To become a member and support TRLT in its conservation mission, please contact Nicky Black, Membership and Events Coordinator, at 704-647-0302 or

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