WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The donation of a perpetual conservation easement will allow the protection of the historic boundary to expand.
According to NC Coastal Land Trust, the easement includes more than 6,442 acres at Orton Plantation that are part of a new nomination to the National Register of Historic Places.
The easement is characterized by a variety of natural features, including forestland, creeks, streams and ponds. These areas are part of the long-term management plan for restoration of Long Leaf Pine forest ecosystem at Orton.
"This donated conservation easement represents a giant step forward in protecting the lower Cape Fear corridor for conservation, a founding goal of the Coastal Land Trust more than two decades ago," said Camilla Herlevich, executive director of the organization. "We are grateful for this extraordinarily generous contribution and look forward to working with Louis Bacon and his team in the years to come."
This is the second donation from Orton Plantations Holdings, LLC to the Coastal Land Trust since the company's acquisition of Orton in May 2010.
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