New River Conservancy, New River State Park Purchase 22 Acres Along South Fork (2016-12-21 13:44:11)

New River Conservancy and New River State Park announce the purchase and permanent protection of 22-acres of land along the South Fork New River.

The Lipe Property, purchased Dec. 6, joins a 2013 acquisition known as the Perry Property and the 2004 New River Heights Property, resulting in a continuous 226-acre tract of New River State Park protected riverfront. The N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation owns over 2,200 acres stretched along a 26-mile section of river, offering multiple canoe launches, campgrounds, hiking trails and preserved scenic open space. The conservancy is currently working to acquire another approximate 550 acres for New River State Park.

Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) has announced that the Logan family has donated 72 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Cascades Falls Overlook to BRC. The property in Ashe County will contribute to the connectivity of protected lands in the area.  With the acquisition of this property, Blue Ridge Conservancy completed its third land protection project bordering the Blue Ridge Parkway in 2016, which coincides with the centennial celebration of the National Park Service.  The three projects total 354 acres of conserved land adjacent to the Parkway. BRC plans to transfer the property’s ownership to the National Park Service in the near future.