By Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Thanks to the shared conservation vision of Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA), Jeff and Susan McSwain, and the nonprofit Experience Reality Inc., ECWA has conserved 11 acres of land that connects two vitally important nature preserves in the lower Ellerbe Creek section of our watershed. This land that we're calling the Glennstone-Veasey Connector is a big win for conservation in Durham’s rapidly developing landscape.
The benefits of this new acquisition include:
The Glennstone-Veasey Connector "expands Glennstone Nature Preserve, and, for the first time, interconnects it with 300 acres owned by ECWA, Falls Lake, and the City-owned Ellerbe Creek Heron Rookery,” says Chris Dreps, Land Protection Director at ECWA.
Corridors like the Glennstone-Veasey Connector "are vitally important for ensuring that creatures, such as the bobcat, have plenty of room to roam within the landscape, thereby ensuring their future presence in our rapidly developing landscape. We’re proud to be a part of conservation that matters in Durham.” says Rickie White, former Executive Director of ECWA.
Stay tuned for more information on how the acquisition will affect the Ellerbe Creek watershed!
ECWA's vision is a living creek connecting human and natural communities in Durham. Through land acquisition, collaboration with the city, and public education, we hope to create a Durham where residents can bike or walk across the watershed and stop at local businesses and nature preserves along the way.