Family and Fund Conserve 132-Acre Buffalo Ridge Farm
A family’s love of farming and funding from the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Our Water, Our Land campaign and Johnston County collaboratively conserved the Moore’s 132-acre family farm — Buffalo Ridge Farm.
Joe and Frances Moore ensured their land will forever be open land for agriculture, forestry and raising cattle— and providing more clean water, locally grown foods and wildlife habitat.
Buffalo Ridge Farm protects 5,900 feet of stream frontage on Buffalo Creek, a major tributary of the Little River, which is considered to be a significant stream by both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.
The farm also boasts 20 acres of grassland pasture and 52 acres of woodland pasture, of which 50 acres are prime agricultural soils. The easement ensures the production of locally grown food to benefit the economy and the appetite of the Johnson County community. And the 51-acre stream buffer zone will be maintained as a natural forest, providing a home to native plant and animal species.
Without the partnership between the Moore family and public fundraisers, the easement would have never been a reality.
“Pursing preservation collaboratively allows us to increase the pace of conservation,” said Kevin Brice, TLC’s president and CEO, “and provides us with open land that brings the benefits of conservation to our communities: wildlife habitat, local farms and food, clean water and places for people to connect with nature.”
TLC’s campaign played a key role in the easement by providing necessary up-front funding to pay for the $47,000 of transactions costs — such as surveys, legal fees and future stewardship. The land trust created the campaign to preserve their community’s natural heritage— which may slowly fade if their land continues to be purchased at an unprecedented rate by a population that has tripled in size since 1980.
TLC hopes its campaigns will raise $5.5 million to save land in Johnson County and across the Triangle region for future generations.
Funds from the Johnson County Stormwater Department will reimburse the campaign for the Buffalo Ridge Farm easement, so those dollars will be available again for future funding. TLC also used funding from an Environmental Enhancement Grant from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office to pay for the hours of staff involvement.
Published June 2010
Photo by Jon Scott, Triangle Land Conservancy