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“To see this tract protected, with its miles of Dan River frontage and abundance of wildlife, is one of the most significant achievements in PLC’s history.”
Piedmont Land Conservancy has transferred 1,068 acres to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission to create the Dan River Game Land. The acreage will adjoin an additional 660 acres acquired by WRC in 2017. The property includes nearly four miles of frontage on the Dan River and access will be available for fishing access and hunting opportunities following public input process. This project puts PLC’s total acreage protected over 25,000.
Read more about this project below.
Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) has transferred 1,068 acres of forests and fields in Rockingham County to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC). The land will be the first publicly accessible wildlife property in the county and will be recognized as the Dan River Game Lands.
Historically known as the Galloway Tract, and more recently as the Whitt Family Farm, the property’s fate has long been a concern for the local community. Potential plans for the property have included a state prison, a regional landfill and an economic development park. This recent acquisition, plus 660 adjoining acres that were acquired in 2017, have now solidified that the property will be managed for wildlife habitat and public access.
Funding for the acquisition was provided by the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. A grant of $2.6 million was made to the Conservancy for this project.
“In the nine counties where PLC works, there are very few 1,500-plus acre singularly owned parcels left,” says PLC executive director Kevin Redding. “To see this tract protected, with its miles of Dan River frontage and abundance of wildlife, is one of the most significant achievements in PLC’s history.”
The property will be managed for the benefit of wildlife. Following a public hearing process, public hunting and fishing opportunities will be made available. For Triad hunting and fishing enthusiasts, the property will mark the nearest public game land opportunity.
Learn more about the project at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s website.