High Country Conservancy obtains new easement…

In the news:

Another prominent ridge has been protected after being placed under a conservation easement.

The High Country Conservancy has helped add the Oliver Hill property to a chain of easements near Valle Crucis. Tom Andrews donated the conservation easement on the property, which is located atop a knoll in the Matney community.

The easement’s conservation values include wildlife habitat, scenic views and grazing pasture. Featuring more than 97 acres of woodlands, grasslands and a tributary to Craborchard Creek, the land falls under the North Carolina State Wildlife Action Plan “Priority Habitat.”

via High Country Conservancy obtains new easement – Watauga Democrat.

Link http://www.highcountryconservancy.org/

The Barn

The Barn behind the Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina. Taken on November 13, 2007. Processed with Photomatix Pro.

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Mast General Store – Since 1883

This is where I wish I was right now. A bottle of ginger beer and a rocker on the back porch of the Mast in Valle Crucis…

Nestled in a secluded mountain valley, you’ll discover spectacular foliage, rustic countryside and a place Charles Kuralt calls, “… a destination.” That place is the Mast General Store in the rural historic district of Valle Crucis. Since 1883, we’ve been outfitting the Appalachians with traditional mercantile goods, comfortable clothing, rugged footwear and quality outdoor gear for all mountain seasons. When in the North Carolina High Country, we invite you to warm up by the potbellied stove, mail a letter at the corner post office, and discover for yourself why…..

Mast General Store – Since 1883