In 2020, Nation Ford Land Trust conserved 1,700 acres in a conservation easement in partnership with York County. The property, named Riverbend Park, borders the Catawba River for over five miles and is on its way to being improved as a public, nature-based recreation preserve. The park itself features rich natural land like primary forests, seasonal wetlands, ponds, enormous pines, and expansive meadows.
On August 25th, York County released a draft master plan for Riverbend Park. The purpose of the Riverbend draft masterplan is to create a nature-based outdoor recreation preserve connecting visitors to activities and programs that celebrate the native landscaped and ecosystems of York County. York County wants to hear from residents regarding the draft plan. York County has provided both a PDF report as well as a five-minute video explaining the draft master plan. Please watch the video above and review the online presentation before taking the online public input survey.
After receiving public input, the feedback will be provided to the Riverbend Committee for consideration and recommendation of the plan to York County Council for adoption. Then the recommended plan will go before York County Council for further consideration and adoption.
To keep up with information regarding the Riverbend Park, check out York County’s dedicated webpage for the project at: https://www.yorkcountygov.com/795/RiverBend-Park.
The NFLT 2020 annual meeting was held in conjunction with the Murray White Dedication ceremony. Bernie Ackerman began with opening comments and a review of the previous year’s accomplishments. At the time of the meeting, NFLT had added 4,424 acres in conservation easements. These included the county’s Riverbend project (1,700-acres), the Stuck Family 2020 project (2,700-acres), and the Patrick Property near Nanny’s Mtn. (24 – acres). The meeting continued with the dedication ceremony and the passing of the resolution naming the property in honor of Murray White. Board members are in the photo.
On Wednesday December 2nd, 2020, a dedication ceremony took place honoring Former York County Chairman Murray White by naming a large tract of land the Murray White Preserve, located on Vernsdale Road in Rock Hill, SC.
In Dec. 2018, Nation Ford Land Trust received the 158-acre property as a gift from Greenway Waste Solutions (Griffin Brothers, Cornelius, NC) with the intent to place the property into a conservation easement with Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC).
The Nation Ford Land Trust board decided to name the property the Murray White Preserve after the founding member and long-time chairman of the land trust. Bernie Ackerman, Chairman of NFLT, said, “Murray was the catalyst that brought the original board members together to form the Nation Ford Land Trust.” Anne Springs Close, referring to his conservation efforts, said, “Murray has been at this a long time.”
The intent of the preserve is to make it an income-producing property for the land trust that entails a forestry plan with timber harvesting, a hunt club lease, and a compost facility of 10-20 acres to be used for the City of Rock Hill’s yard waste and operated by Greenway Waste Solutions with NFLT leasing the land to Greenway.
Steve Hamilton, Executive Director of NFLT, said, ”This way, future NFLT boards will have a consistent income stream and occasionally a large bonus of funds from the timber harvesting operation.”
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Our next clean up is postponed until further notice. All clean ups are held behind the Antioch International Church, 8400 Regent Parkway, Fort Mill 29715 from 9-12 pm. Please wear shoes that can be worn in water and bring sunscreen, bug spray, a towel and a water bottle. Call the office for more information: 803-547-8140
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