A large chunk of the Wilson Creek corridor in North Carolina’s High Country was saved from development recently when the Foothills Conservancy agreed to purchase the land for $7 million. A family-owned plot of 649 acres had been in the sights of a Florida-based developer who intended to build 225 homes on the land. The land is surrounded by Pisgah National Forest and features four miles of Wilson Creek frontage.

The Foothills Conservancy is buying the land with the intention of turning it over to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Ultimately, the 649 acres will become N.C. State Gamelands open to the public. The Foothills Conservancy is applying for state grants to cover the $7 million price tag and the purchase is contingent on the conservancy finding funding.

For more information: www.foothillsconservancy.org