Creating a conservation legacy since 2002!
A Community Coming Together To Save Trees That Are the Legacy of Our Mountains
I want to share with you one of my dreams that is coming true – saving trees! It is a win-win-win of a community coming together, saving trees for the future of our mountains, and a message that other communities may get inspired by.
The Southeast Regional Land Conservancy, Inc. is a non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to protecting our natural resources through conservation easements. Since our founding in 2002, we have protected thousands of acres in projects from the Alabama Ridge & Valley, to coastal, sandhills, and piedmont land to the high mountains of the Carolinas. Through these easements we have protected important wetlands, mountain coves and ridges, piedmont forests, stream banks, mountain views, and open spaces. Much work remains to be done. We invite all who care about the future of our region to help us protect our natural resources for future generations.
The Southeast Regional Land Conservancy’s mission is to work with landowners to protect a conservation legacy for the future.
Why Protect Land?
Each year an astounding 2,200,000 acres of land (USDA Resource Conservation Service data during 1997 2001) are lost to development. People are tremendously concerned about the unprecedented loss of open space in their communities. They see subdivisions supplanting the open spaces that were once their views and where they once walked and hiked. They want to know how they can help to save the green spaces and views that make their communities unique. Land conservancies help to mitigate this loss by keeping valuable open space for the future.
Natural communities provide the wellspring of biotic diversity that has sustained us thus far. It is through conservation of natural communities that we help ensure our future. Aldo Leopold said “ To keep every cog and wheel is the first precaution of intelligent tinkering.” Since all species, including humans, are linked in the web of life one never knows which links will be the critical ones.
Discoveries of wild plant species have been responsible for many significant medical remedies and other important factors in human history. Wetlands provide ground water recharge, rare plant and animal habitat, pollution filtering, flood control, and other amenities. Trees provide oxygen, shade, scenic beauty, soil-building materials, and necessary wildlife food and habitat. Undisturbed green space provides the scenic views so important to people. They enhance the quality of our lives, add economic value to our communities, and are the mainstay of the tourism industries.
Southeast Regional Land Conservancy is proud to hold the conservation easement on land at the Stable View Equestrian Center. Stable View has an environmental orientation that includes a LEED Gold certified event center outside the conservation land, and nesting boxes used by American kestrels, screech owls & bluebirds (with 100 successful bluebird fledglings last year).
In 2017, they began the process to reintroduce the Federally Endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker that once graced their unique forests. Here’s what the process looks like & why it is so crucial to southeastern ecosystems.