293 W Chestnut Ridges Road, Zirconia NC 28792
March 13, 2020 | Billy Harris
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Blue Ridge now wrote about the protected lands around Green River Ridges. John Ball Jr. and his Henderson County neighbor Sandy Schenck have joined the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to protect more than 3,895 acres of the forests, coves and rocky outcrops of the Upper Green River.
The southwest corner of Henderson County can be counted among the pristine regions of Western North Carolina.
Trout, deer, bear, turkey, clear streams, old trees. You can see them all here.
But when John Ball Jr. surveyed the land Tuesday, he saw something more.
It was the same scene he found in 1994, when he bought 1,700 acres stretching from the south bank of the Green River to the South Carolina line.
“We just wanted to buy a place where things wouldn’t change,” Ball said.
Now, he can be sure they won’t.
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For more information about the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, visit www.carolinamountain.org or call 697-5777
Ball and his neighbor, Sandy Schenck, joined the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy to protect more than 3,895 acres of the forests, coves and rocky outcrops of the Upper Green River.
It is the largest conservation project in terms of total acreage in the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy’s 13-year history.
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy bought the easements for less than half their value from Schenck and Ball. Grants from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund and a private donor made the purchase possible.
The Schenck easement was bought for $7.3 million dollars, with the support of a $4.9 million grant from CWMTF and a $2.4 million gift from Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury.
The Stanbacks also donated $1.1 million toward the purchase of the Ball easement. CWMTF contributed $1.4 million toward the $2.5 million purchase.
Preserves beauty and heritage
Ball and Schenck own about 4,700 acres, nearly the entire watershed forming at the boundary of Henderson and Transylvania counties south of DuPont State Forest.
Ball owns 1,700 acres. Schenck’s 3,000-acre Green River Preserve dominates the north side of the valley, beginning at Pinnacle Mountain Road and then dropping down to the river’s edge.
Through the cooperation of the landowners, the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy acquired conservation agreements on 2,600 acres of Schenck’s property and 545 acres of Ball’s land.
About 750 acres were already preserved by the Ball family’s easement donations in the 1990s to the North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy.
When combined, the protected lands conserve a swath of forest habitat connecting North Carolina’s DuPont State Forest with Jones Gap State Park and other public land in upstate South Carolina.
“As our mountains are being increasingly purchased for development, saving pristine places such as the Upper Green River is essential for preserving the beauty and heritage of Western North Carolina,” said Kieran Roe, executive director of the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.
Schenck, Ball and the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy celebrated the agreement Tuesday.
Schenck led visitors through his newly conserved land, identifying plants and animal tracks, telling stories about the people who once lived in the rugged hills.
Schenck’s late father, Alexander F. Schenck, and his mother, Laurinda, acquired the Green River land after World War II. Laurinda Schenck lives in Flat Rock.
Schenck said he is carrying on his parents’ legacy. Some people may look over the land and picture a nice golf course and residential development, he said. But not this son of ardent conservationists, who said he was raised with “gun in hand and rod in hand, the way it should be.”
“Our family lived close to the land for so many years that it became part of the family,” Schenck said. “Developing it and harming its wildlife, woods and streams would be unthinkable. The highest value of the land is in its undeveloped state, so that it may inspire many after us.”
At the Green River Preserve, Schenck and his wife, Missy, share their enthusiasm about the natural world with young campers. Since 1988, the Green River Preserve has given second through 12th-graders “a profound appreciation of interconnectedness, ecological respect and the joy of living.”
As he led visitors through the woods Tuesday, Schenck bemoaned the thought of children growing up not knowing the outdoors, their free time consumed by TV and video games.
This place, he said, truly inspires imagination and wonder.