More than 4,000 acres now protected at The Point

Published 2:40 pm Friday, September 8, 2023

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Standing at the point of confluence of the Yadkin and South Yadkin Rivers in Davie County, one can envision the early indigenous people of central North Carolina spending time here.

Areas like this were vitally important for early civilizations and are just as important today.

Knowing the significance of this land for wildlife habitat and historical context, Three Rivers Land Trust has worked since 1995 to conserve this peninsula.

Thanks to a new acquisition of 121 acres completed on Sept. 6, the total land owned by TRLT at the Point area comes to 1,770 acres.

When you consider the nearby 2,463 acres acquired by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission in large part to support from TRLT in 2019, known as the Yadkin River Gamelands, the total conserved acreage in this corridor comes to more than 4,100 acres.

This property boasts more than 2,000 feet of frontage on the South Yadkin River, a stream listed as impaired. Protecting local waters is a core component of TRLT’s mission.

“Protecting water quality along this stream is a high priority for TRLT. The forested stream corridors on this new acquisition along with the other lands owned by TRLT, provide important buffers that help promote and improve water quality for this area,” said TRLT Executive Director Travis Morehead. “Just downstream of this property is the water intake for the City of Salisbury, so protecting water quality here helps provide clean drinking water for local residents.”

“There is no other property so close to Winston-Salem and the rapidly developing areas surrounding it with the same acreage and quality of wildlife habitat as the Point Property,” states Conservation Lands Manager Katie Stovall. “With the abundance of deer, turkey, songbirds, pollinators, and other species that call this area home, due to the patchwork of habitat types found here and the management work TRLT is doing, this is truly a unique location for wildlife.”

This project was completed thanks to support from Fred and Alice Stanback and additional TRLT donors. Three Rivers Land Trust works with private landowners to protect conservation properties like this one in the Piedmont and Sandhills of NC.

For more information on how to conserve property, contact Emily Callicutt, senior land protection specialist, at or 704-647-0302.