Land Trust Day is Set for June 2 at Mast General Store
Mark Twain once said, “Buy land, they’re not making it any more.” With that in mind, we should celebrate our land heritage and do everything we can to preserve it for generations to come. On June 2, for the 15th year, the Mast Store is celebrating Land Trust Day by hosting the Piedmont Land Conservancy (PLC) at the store in Hendersonville. At the end of the day, a donation of 20% of the day’s sales will be given to PLC.
The operations of a land trust are often misunderstood. It is not a government agency; it is a non-profit organization that holds the deed in trust under the agreement reached between it and the landowner. This voluntary relationship includes the uses that will be permitted on the land in the trust, which can include recreational use, farmland, and even limited development.
The Piedmont Land Conservancy now has more than 200 parcels of land in its trust, totaling over 25,000 acres. Most recently, PLC protected a 1,000-acre plus tract in Rockingham County. Over the course of years, many uses for the land were proposed including a prison, a landfill, and an economic development park. With help from the NC Clean Water Management Fund, this acquisition along with 660 adjacent acres is now a property that will be managed for wildlife habitat and public access. PLC executive director Kevin Redding said, “To see this tract protected, with its miles of Dan River frontage and abundance of wildlife, is one of the most significant achievements in PLC’s history.”
While the landowner may benefit from tax incentives, we all benefit from having open space, wildlife habitat, recreational areas, and even cultural and historical preservation. Many of the greenways we enjoy are pieced together through land trust easements. Family farms are kept in the family by utilizing these organizations. Endangered species and ecologically important areas are preserved with these agreements.
Lisa Cooper, the president of Mast Store, shared, “We believe in the work land trusts do in all our communities because we want to see children put their feet in the stream and families spending time together on picnics and hikes. These are just some of the reasons we partner with land trusts and support their work with 20% of our sales on Land Trust Day.”
Stop by any Mast Store on Saturday, June 2 to learn more about land trusts and to support conservation efforts in the local area. For more information, call the Mast Store in Winston-Salem at 336-727-2015.