ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina preservation group is joining with a family to protect 476 acres (1,926,000 square meters) on a mountain summit.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports the Lyda family of Henderson County and Conserving Carolina have settled on a deal that will allow cattle to continue grazing on the land while it remains open for hikers. The Lydas will continue to live on the land, which has been in the family for generations.

The family placed a conservation easement with the land trust, ensuring they would be able to continue grazing their cattle as they have since the 1930s.

The conservation easement, settled for an undisclosed amount, was funded through the state Clean Water Management Trust Fund and matched by a contribution from philanthropists Fred and Alice Stanback of Salisbury.


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