Gift to Expand Open Space in Granville County

April 21, 2021

CREEDMOOR – A generous land donation will enable Tar River Land Conservancy (TRLC) to preserve 83 acres along Smith Creek in southern Granville County. The property has been donated to TRLC in recognition of Earth Day, which falls on April 22.

The new conservation property adjoins a 158-acre tract purchased by TRLC in 2018. The combined 241-acre property will be managed by TRLC as the Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve.

This gift will ensure that the land remains permanently undeveloped. The property is a combination of hardwood and pine forest and marshy wetlands, which offer important refuge for waterfowl and water birds. A colony of great blue heron frequent the wetlands in this area.

In addition to wildlife benefits, the land donation will protect drinking water for downstream communities. The property has 0.6 miles of frontage on Smith Creek, which is one of several large Granville County streams that flows into the Falls Lake Reservoir. Falls Lake supplies drinking water to the City of Raleigh and six nearby communities.

“This land plus a significant financial contribution were gifted by Mark and Tara Rein of Raleigh. It is very timely,” noted Derek Halberg, TRLC Executive Director. “We plan to start building hiking trails on TRLC’s Horseshoe Road property this fall. This land donation will allow TRLC to expand our envisioned trail network for the public to explore and enjoy.”

Trail construction at the Horseshoe Road Nature Preserve is expected to begin in October 2021 and to be completed in time to open two miles of trails to the public in June 2022.  TRLC will begin publicizing opportunities for the community to get involved with the project this summer. To receive notices about volunteer opportunities, individuals are encouraged to contact TRLC at or 919-496-5902.

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Register to Plant Trees with TRLC in January 2021

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2021 Stewardship Internship Announcement

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TRLC is now accepting applications for its 12-week Stewardship Internship during the summer of 2021. Continue reading

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Thanks to a partnership with the NC National Guard and National Guard Bureau, TRLC has acquired 1,295 acres within the one-mile buffer of Camp Butner since 2017. Undeveloped land around the base is good both for the military and drinking water. Continue reading

TRLC Hosts Field Trip for National Land Trust Conference

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TRLC recently hosted a field trip for a group of land conservationists from across the country in conjunction with the Land Trust Alliance’s National Land Conservation Conference held at the Raleigh Convention Center on October 17-19, 2019. Continue reading

Land Purchase Expands Buffer for Camp Butner and Lake Holt

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TRLC acquired the 66-acre “Hunter Tract” on Camp Butner’s eastern boundary in August 2019. The purchase expands the undeveloped buffer around Camp Butner that supplies water to Lake Holt. Continue reading

Students Gain Professional Experience at TRLC

August 10, 2019

College students Kelly Eakes and Tommy Fairbairn completed professional internships with TRLC in August. Both now return to NC State University for their junior years of study. Continue reading

Register for Hikes & Events

April 12, 2019

Learn about and register for TRLC’s outings and events scheduled for 2019, including guided hikes, a paddling event, and our annual Field Day on the Farm! Continue reading

Help TRLC Build New Trails!

January 8, 2019

TRLC plans to open 2½ miles of new hiking trails at the Ledge Creek Forest Conservation Area in February 2019.  Volunteers are needed to help complete the trail network expansion.  Volunteers can choose from workdays already scheduled in October, November, and December.  Continue reading