Robert Hobbs recently assisted the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust with its acquisition of 182 acres in Craven County, North Carolina
Robert Hobbs recently assisted the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust with its acquisition of 182 acres in Craven County, North Carolina. The Coastal Land Trust, which received $7.3 million as part of a Havelock bypass settlement a year ago, used a portion of the settlement funds to purchase the property. The settlement was between N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) and the Sierra Club over the State’s proposed U.S. 70 Havelock Bypass that goes through the Croatan National Forest. The Coastal Land Trust also utilized grant funds from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund to assist in the acquisition.
The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust will now offer the property to the U.S. Forest Service for inclusion in the Croatan National Forest. The property features pond pine woodland, pocosin wetland habitat, bottomland hardwoods, and some longleaf pine forest. Surrounded on three sides by the Croatan National Forest, it also includes ½ mile of frontage on Reedy Branch, a tributary of the Trent River in the Neuse River Basin, an important watershed in this mostly rural area. More information about this acquisition can be found in the following article: https://coastallandtrust.org/trentriver_davis/