Help Add Saluda Property to the Green River Game Lands
Land on Macedonia Road Was Targeted for a Shooting Range
When land on the edge of the Green River Game Lands in Saluda was targeted for a shooting range, the local community strongly opposed it. Henderson County was proposing to develop a police training facility on the site, including an outdoor shooting range. However, it dropped these plans after hundreds of local citizens stood up to voice their opposition. So, what happens next?
Local residents approached Conserving Carolina about protecting the land, located on Macedonia Road. Now, we’re working toward an exciting conservation solution that would add this land to the Green River Game Lands. This would forever protect the land and open it for the public to enjoy. The 81.5-acre tract is entirely forested, with wetlands and streams that flow into the Green River.
Will you help us protect this land for everyone to enjoy? We just need $25,000 more to complete the deal! We have until April 30 to raise the funds. To make a secure online donation, select “Macedonia Road” under Donation Purpose.
This spring, we took a major step forward by entering into a contract with the landowner to purchase the land for $450,000. We have until April 30 to complete our due diligence. We are seeking grant funding for all but $100,000 of the purchase price, including funding from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund. Generous local donors have contributed another $70,000. We’re asking people who love Saluda and the Green River Gorge to help us raise the last $30,000. All gifts add up, so please give what you can.
Once the purchase is complete, we plan to work with the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission to add it to the Green River Game Lands. This will protect scenery and water quality in the Green River Gorge, a rugged landscape of steep ravines, coves, and forests with rare old-growth stands, which boasts the some of the most popular whitewater rapids in the eastern United States. It will also protect scenic views from Interstate 26.