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Large Piedmont Parcel Transfer Becomes Dan River Game Land

  • 13 April 2018
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EDEN, N.C. (April 13, 2018) —  The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Dan River Game Land on April 19 at 10 a.m. The ceremony, which will be held at 1625 Riverside Circle in Eden, will feature remarks by Sen. Phil Berger and representatives from the Commission, the Conservancy, the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund and other distinguished officials.

The PLC has transferred 1,068 acres in Rockingham County to the Commission to help create the Dan River Game Land.

The acreage will adjoin an additional 660 acres acquired by the Commission in 2017. The new game land will provide the Triad area with public access to fishing and hunting opportunities.

“This is not only an important conservation project, it is also a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham). “I commend the Piedmont Land Conservancy and the Commission for conserving these game lands so that hunters, fisherman and the public can experience many of the abundant natural resources that Rockingham County has to offer.

“In the nine counties where PLC works, there are very few 1,500-plus acre singularly-owned parcels left,” says PLC executive director Kevin Redding. “To see this tract protected, with its miles of Dan River frontage and abundance of wildlife, is one of the most significant achievements in our history.”

The 1,068 acre acquisition that completes this Game Land was funded by a $2.6 million grant provided by the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund. The original 660 acres that were acquired in 2017 were acquired with $1,000,000 from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Funds and a $586,000 grant obtained by the PLC.

“We appreciate the chance to partner with the Conservancy to manage and conserve this unique property for the benefit of the citizens of Rockingham and surrounding counties,” said Chris Jordan, the Commission’s game lands and forest resources manager.

With more than 2 million acres of public game lands in North Carolina, outdoor enthusiasts have ample opportunity to experience hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, nature photography and more. For more information, visit www.ncwildlife.org/gamelands.

Media Contact:

Ryan Kennemur
919-707-0186

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