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Nearly 450 acres east of Canton have been set aside to be developed as a park for outdoor recreation.

A key stewardship partner behind the creation of Chestnut Mountain Park, a 450-acre preserved tract east of Canton, has been recognized with a state award for its pivitol role in the cooperative project.

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy was named as a recipient of the Dogwood Award by North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein.

“The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is working to protect our environment and drinking water in Western North Carolina by conserving land,” said Stein. “I’m grateful to the organization for taking steps to protect our natural resources for decades to come, so we can all lead happy, healthy lives.”

The land trust purchased 448 acres on Chestnut Mountain in 2020 for $3 million to save it from development. The Town of Canton will manage the property as a conservation-based public outdoor recreation park in partnership with Haywood County.

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