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Mainspring acquires new parcels in Macon, Jackson for conservation

Mainspring Conservation Trust ended February on a high note with the purchase of two tracts that add to their ongoing conservation projects. The parcels, one in Macon and one in Jackson, add to the organization’s portfolio of public and private projects across Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia.
Mainspring is the land trust for the seven-county region consisting of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Jackson, Macon, and Swain in North Carolina, and Rabun County, Georgia. Their goal is to conserve and restore the lands and waters of the Southern Blue Ridge, and to connect the people to these natural treasures.
The newly purchased Macon County property is known as Watauga Town III. The property is a pasture formerly part of the Earnest Childers Farm in Macon County. This tract adds acreage to two other tracts Mainspring owns that are all part of Historic Watauga Town. All three tracts will continue to be available for teaching and research in the anthropology program at WCU.
In Jackson County, Mainspring purchased Sweetwater Cove in the Caney Fork watershed. Adjacent on three sides to USFS lands, Mainspring continues to work on multiple projects that will conserve much of the forested coves that protect the headwaters of Sugar Creek.
Several Mainspring-owned properties are accessible to the public. Visitors can participate in hiking, birding, hunting, walking, accessing waterways to float or swim, and even join in local cultural events and purchasing local handicrafts.

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