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NC Coastal Land Trust and Orton Plantation announce conservation at Allen’s Creek

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


ORTON PLANTATION, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — A conservation easement that protects approximately 2 ½ miles of critical habitat along Allen’s Creek at Orton Plantation has been completed by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust and Orton Plantation Holdings, LLC. which is owned by conservation philanthropist Louis Bacon.

The 256-acre tract protected follows the run of Allen’s Creek, with streamside buffer along both sides of Allen’s Creek protected from any future development. The conservation easement will protect fish and wildlife, and will protect water quality and wetlands. The area along Allen’s Creek is heavily used by wildlife and is home to cypress, sweetbay, red maple, black gum, tupelo gum and a variety of oak, hickory and pines.

The conservation easement was given to the Coastal Land Trust at no cost as part of an agreement between the US Army Corps of Engineers and Orton Plantation Holdings, LLC in which the Corps issued a permit for the restoration of Orton’s historic rice fields along the Cape Fear River.

“This is one of the most extensive stretches of creek front we have ever received in one transaction,” said Camilla Herlevich, Executive Director of the Coastal Land Trust. “We are delighted to have been selected by Orton Plantation and the Corps as the long-term steward of this conservation easement. All the creeks and ponds at Orton, including Allen’s Creek, are very significant from a conservation standpoint.”

“The protection of our fishery, wildlife, forests, water quality and wetlands that this easement at Allen’s Creek guarantees is part of a larger conservation plan that we are currently undertaking at Orton Plantation,” said Louis Bacon, owner of Orton Plantation. “We are excited to work with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust to ensure that this beautiful piece of land is preserved and protected for generations to come.”

This conservation easement also complements existing easements held by the Coastal Land Trust over other tracts at Orton Plantation and at nearby lands including Goose Landing Plantation, Clarendon Plantation, Old Town Plantation and Pleasant Oaks Plantation. Brunswick Nature Park, the nearby public nature park, which is owned and managed by Brunswick County, is the centerpiece of more than 10,000 acres of conservation lands protected by the Coastal Land Trust in the vicinity.

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Jean Beasley wins Ocean Hero Award

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The woman who founded a hospital for sea turtles in Pender County has won another award for her dedication.

Jean Beasley has been named the winner of the 2013 Ocean Hero Award by the environmental group Oceana. The group says Beasley was the clear winner among 12 finalists based on online voting.

“(I was) a bit incredulous,” Beasley told Oceana about learning she’d won. “I know that all the people that were nominated were worth… I also have really strong feelings about the fact that it takes us all – whatever people are passionate about and whatever they’re doing and wherever they are – to help the oceans, and help the planet, and it benefits us all.”

Oceana, which focuses on ocean conservation, began the Ocean Hero Awards in 2009 as a way to recognize and celebrate exceptional accomplishments in ocean conservation, advocacy and education.

Beasley opened the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Pender County in 1997. Since then, she and her volunteers have helped get 300 sick or injured sea turtles healthy enough to return to the wild.

In 2007 Beasley won the Animal Planet Hero of the Year Award for her work.

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Deal in place for conservation easement at Orton Plantation

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The 256-acre tract includes a buffer along both sides Allen’s Creek

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A Q&A with New Hanover County Schools superintendent

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Markley talks about bond referendum

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N.C. Report Cards detail school data

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

How to navigate the School Report Cards

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