|Development protects wildlife, homes|
|Tuesday, 30 October 2007 12:07|
Ginn Resorts celebrated phase one of a 2,750-acre conservation easement today.Phase one involves over 600 acres that includes trout streams and endangered wildlife.
The developer partnered with the Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust, forming a relationship Bobby Ginn calls “unique.”
"It shouldn't be unique, but it is: when developments come together with conservation groups to try to put something in place that helps preserve the integrity of the lands that we develop," Ginn said.
The first phase of the development, including the most expensive golf course the developer has constructed, should be complete in 2009.
Not only will the development be surrounded by protected land, but it’s getting a unique classification as the 9th Fire Wise Community in North Carolina, Regional President Doug Miller says.
"What that's all about is basically putting certain infrastructure in place and also certain brush work and things like that on the lots that would minimize the chance for forest fires," Miller said.
A fire substation, with trucks and equipment courtesy of Ginn, is being built at Laurelmor. It’s something Miller hopes will prevent the kind of tragedy going on in southern California this month. Community leaders present at the event included County Commissioner Jim Deal who said he was optimistic about the presentation.
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