Community Attends Field Day on the Farm Conservation Celebration

April 16, 2012

Tar River Land Conservancy held its Field Day on the Farm 2012 event on Saturday, April 14, at the farm of Randy and Barbara Guthrie of Oxford in Granville County.  Over 110 supporters of the Conservancy attended this year’s event to celebrate 12 years of land conservation by the local land trust.

The family event featured door prizes, live bluegrass music by Mule Town, a catered lunch by Ted’s Catering, and a guided hike along Shelton Creek and the Tar River.  The picture-perfect weather provided ideal conditions for the springtime hike.  Wildlife biologists Judy Radcliffe and Rob Nichols captivated hikers with a talk about the native fisheries and wildlife on the banks of Shelton Creek while County Forest Ranger Rob Montague educated visitors on the benefits of preserving hardwood stream buffers.

The Guthrie family worked with Tar River Land Conservancy to place conservation easements on their 296-acre farm in 2004 and 2007.  The Guthries raise livestock and actively manage timber and wildlife habitat.  Permanent forested buffers on the farm shade over two miles of frontage on the Tar River and Shelton Creek.

“Field Day is a chance for us to show our supporters the results of work to protectfarmland, forest, wildlife habitat, and drinking water,” remarked Derek Halberg, TRLC’s Executive Director.  “We are so grateful that Randy and Barbara allowed us to showcase their beautiful farm to the community.  It is truly a testament to their commitment to conservation.”

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