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August 19
Open Space Program Acquires More Than 300 Acres
Wake County Board of Commissioners approved the acquisition of Walnut Hill Farm for the County's open space program Monday, August 19, 2013, at the regularly scheduled board meeting. Walnut Hill Farm straddles the Wake and Johnston county line in southeastern Wake County.

The County will use approximately $1.6 million of Open Space Funds to help nonprofit organization Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) purchase the Wake County portion of the property. TLC will hold title for the entire property and will provide ongoing stewardship.

"For more than 10 years, Wake County and TLC have partnered to acquire more than 1,200 acres of land, and we have tried to protect this farm," said Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Director Chris Snow. "This land can become a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts."

In a separate transaction, the Board accepted a conservation easement on the 334.67 acres of the farm that are in Wake County. The easement, donated by the Williamson family, will protect the property from development, regardless of who owns it.

TLC has proposed to transition the property into a nature preserve with public access. The property also has the potential to be the key link between the Neuse River Greenway and the 1,200 acres of Wake County's protected open space upstream on Marks Creek.

For more information about Wake County's Open Space Program, visit wakegov.com/parks/openspace.





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