Conservation easements placed on scenic byway
WARRENTON — Timberland on the outskirts of Warrenton owned by the Holt family of Wake Forest was recently placed into conservation easements.
The Tar River Land Conservancy assisted Lee and Perri Holt with 133 acres previously owned by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Holt of Warrenton.
The area on N.C. 58, known as Lafayette’s Tour Byway, is a designated scenic byway by the N.C. Department of Transportation, part of 173 miles from Pasquotank County west to Vance County. French Gen. Marquis de Lafayette toured the area in 1825.
Conservation easements preserve land and waterways, preserve individual property rights for timber cultivation, farming and other non-development uses.
According to the conservancy group, the Holt easements preserve hardwood forest buffers in a mile-long stretch of Bobbitt’s Branch, a tributary of Fishing Creek.
The N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina’s Farmland Forever Fund, and the N.C. DOT Scenic Byways Program assisted surveys and other costs.