- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) - One of the most visited national forests in the country has just gotten a little bigger.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports Pisgah National Forest, which covers more than a half-million acres along the eastern edge of the mountains of Western North Carolina, has added 517 acres of conservation land.

Using federal money from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, the Trust for Public Land says in a statement that it bought the property near Mulberry Creek in Caldwell County for $1.7 million. It completed the sale of the land to the Forest Service for the same price on May 11.

Kent Whitehead, the Carolinas director for The Trust for Public Land, says the land is an hour outside of Charlotte and protects the water that feeds into the Catawba River water supply.

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Information from: The Asheville Citizen-Times, https://www.citizen-times.com


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