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Fishers Peak Natural Area Expanded With Recent Acquisition

  • PLC acquires 276 acres along the slopes of Fishers Peak, Surry County’s highest point.
  • New addition brings total holdings at Fishers Peak to over 2,000 acres.
  • Property also includes headwater streams to the Little Fisher River.

Piedmont Land Conservancy has purchased 276 acres of forestland and fields along the slopes of Fishers Peak in northwest Surry County.  The acquisition adds to the Conservancy’s prior holdings at the site and brings the total acreage to 2,010. 

The recently acquired tract contains nearly two miles of headwater streams to the Little Fisher River and Fisher River.  The river originates near the highest point at Fishers Peak and drains in a southerly direction until it connects with the Yadkin River.  The NC Wildlife Resources Commission considers these streams to be sufficiently cool and clean to support native trout populations.  This expansion area and earlier acquisitions on Fishers Peak are part of a state designated significant Natural Heritage Area, due to its high quality ecological values.

The Fishers Peak project represents one of the largest conservation initiatives the Conservancy has ever pursued. Funding from private individuals allowed for the most recent purchase. The sellers, Pat and Baldwin Smith of Kernersville, sold at a discounted value to see their beloved land protected.

 “It’s incredible to have an opportunity to assemble over 2,000 acres of contiguous forestland in the Piedmont,” said Kevin Redding, the Conservancy’s executive director. “We are grateful to Dr. & Mrs. Smith for their prior care for this land and for their desire to see the land conserved.”

Long term plans for the site have not yet been finalized.  The Conservancy will own and manage the land pursuant to its conservation mission for the foreseeable future.  The property is not open to the public at this time. 

“If you love the land then the land will provide for you and if you care for the people of the land then they will care for you,” says Dr. Baldwin Smith.  “I’ve managed this land for years through the adage of Gifford Pinchot who advocated for ‘the use of natural resources for the greater good, of the greatest number, for the longest time.”

In addition protecting significant ecological and water quality values, the Fishers Peak area provides a scenic backdrop to the nationally-renowned Blue Ridge Music Center located on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  Finally, the summit of Fishers Peak is one of the most well-known landmarks in Surry County. 

With the addition of this property, the Conservancy has protected more than 27,400 acres at over 200 locations.