Thanks to The Nature Conservancy, nearly 300 acres of Randolph County forest land will be protected from development, logging and mining.
The Nature Conservancy bought the easement from Thunderstruck Conservation. This means the landowner still owns the property but will not develop it.
Rodney Bartgis, The Conservancy’s state director, says the property consists of a narrow valley at the west foot of Mount Port Crayon.
“It’s at about 2500 feet in elevation,” Bartgis said. “And this narrow valley had a band of limestone in the bottom of it. And that band of limestone has with it five caves that have very rare species that live in them as well as some areas with rare plants.”