From Gun Range to Conservation Land

76 acres of new public land were just added to the Green River Game Lands! And there’s more. Neighbors who started by fighting a gun range are now working together to protect 300 acres.

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Growing Better

Rafael Bravo grew up farming in Venezuela and he had a dream to farm when he retired. He’s living that dream at a newly protected farm in Polk County, where regenerative practices are bringing new life to the land.

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Two Local Farms Protected

Two local farms are now protected forever with conservation easements, saving their productive farmland and scenic beauty for future generations.

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Deep Roots in a Family Forest 

Elaine Friebele and her family are restoring the health of a forest in Fairview that has been in their family for generations. Here’s how they transformed it from a white pine monoculture to a certified sustainable working forest.

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87 Acres on French Broad River Protected

An 87-acre former sod farm on the French Broad River in Mills River could be the site of a new floodplain restoration, similar to the nearby Mouth of Mud Creek restoration. There’s also potential for public river access.

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A Dream of Rivers

Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers is working with his neighbors to restore the East Fork of the French Broad River.

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