We started with protecting one 6-acre preserve. We now own and manage over 450 acres, including five public preserves. Three of our public preserves, 17-Acre Wood, Pearl Mill, and The Rocks, are located along paved, accessible greenways. All of our public preserves, except Glennstone, are located in easy walking distance from public bus stops. We are actively working to add more protected land in the near future, as well as create positive Green Infrastructure in the watershed to protect and improve water quality.
ECWA's long-term goal is to establish a string of preserves from the creek's headwaters near Bennett Place to its terminus at Falls Lake. Our vision is a Durham where residents can simply walk or bike to a natural area from their home or place of business and can walk or bike across the watershed stopping at preserves, neighborhoods and points of interest along the way.
Non-Public Nature Preserves
Veasey Nature Preserve
A 193-acre old farm that assists with filtering the water that runs into Falls Lake.
Lively Nature Preserve
One of the last remaining intact wooded lands in urban Durham.
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