Congratulations goes out to the National Committee for the New River (NCNR)! They have been honored with the 2013 Special Places Society Award! The West Virginia Land Trust will present the award on May 9 in Charleston, West Virginia. NCNR has successfully protected over 7,600 acres throughout the New River watershed, including land important to the New River Gorge in West Virginia.
The NCNR was organized in 1974 to stop the construction of two dams on the New River. The proposed projects would have flooded 42,000 acres in North Carolina and southwestern Virginia. The dams would have displaced at a minimum 2,700 people, 893 dwellings, 42 summer cabins, 10 industrial establishments, 23 commercial facilities, five post offices, 15 churches, and 12 cemeteries.
With the destruction of so much land and property – and with the unaccountable damage to the New River itself, the fight became a national one.
The mission of the NCNR is to:
• Protect land critical for preserving important wildlife habitat, rare and endangered species, cornerstones of biodiversity, and working farmland along the New River and its tributaries, through voluntary acquisitions and conservation easements.
• Work with private landowners to stabilize eroding stream banks, restore riparian buffers to preventing further erosion, and to create healthy riparian habitat for wildlife and aquatic life.
• Work to increase citizens capacity to defend and protect the New River watershed, by working with local citizens to identify and address specific land and water use activities that threaten the New River’s health, wildlife, and scenery.
To date NCNR has protected over 5,500 acres of land important to the health and natural resource values of the New River.
The National Committee for the New River is located in downtown West Jefferson NC. Their office is upstairs above us here at A1 Mountain Realty. A1 Mountain Realty has many properties that are located on or near the New River. Property on the New River is always ideal for that ultimate riverfront dream home. Canoeing, tubing, & fishing the New River make for great recreational fun. Contact A1 Mountain Realty and any one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff will be glad to show you Ashe County NC river properties. We strive to have the most positive client relationships and our Ashe County Real Estate agents do their best to ensure that each client is completely satisfied. Call 336-846-4900 to speak to an agent and you can view all of our listings on our website http://www.a1mountainrealty.com/. Check out the webcam of downtown West Jefferson and Mt. Jefferson by clicking the webcam tab on the home page of our website.
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