Pictured is the Beaux Champs Conservation Easement near Troutman.

Special to Iredell Free News

In early December, landowners Jane and Layton Getsinger donated a conservation easement to Catawba Lands Conservancy to permanently protect the 17.5-acre fields and forests surrounding their home near Troutman.

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.

When describing their motivations, the Getsingers described the conservation easement as “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 Catawba Lands 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 brings the Conservancy’s total protected acreage to 17,632.

About Catawba Lands Conservancy

Catawba Lands Conservancy is a local, nonprofit land trust dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. The Conservancy protects more than 17,000 acres of land and serves Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties. The Conservancy is committed to improving the quality of life in the communities it serves by protecting clean water, wildlife habitats, farmland and natural open spaces for public benefit. The Conservancy also leads the Carolina Thread Trail, a regional network of trails, greenways and blueways focused on linking more than two million citizens through 15 counties in North and South Carolina. For more information, visit catawbalands.org.

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