In 2011, two more “puzzle pieces” were added to the conservation matrix at Whisper Mountain. Sitting high in the mountains on the Buncombe-Madison county line, it is an ecologically oriented development. SERLC and the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy have been teaming together to conserve acreage in the location. It is between the regionally significant Big Sandy Mush Valley and Pisgah National Forest. The Sandy Mush area has been the focus of conservation efforts supported by government funding for the last several years. This corridor will become increasingly important for wildlife migration and enhances ecological value of all the protected lands.

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