Fires Creek conservation project still needs $25,000

A $500,000 pledge has brought Mainspring Conservation Trust within sight of the finish line to conserving 50 acres of private property in Cherokee and Clay counties, but the nonprofit still needs to raise $25,000 to seal the deal before the contract’s expiration in mid-November.

Fred and Alice Stanback, North Carolina’s leading environmental donors, made the donation. The additional $25,000 will pay for transaction and maintenance costs.

The land in question is located along Laurel Creek, a tributary of Fires Creek, and is surrounded by national forest land. Fires Creek is designated as an Outstanding Resource Water.

Mainspring plans to hold the property before eventually transferring it to U.S. Forest Service ownership.

A donation portal is online at, with an option to designate gifts for the Fires Creek project. 828.837.6383.

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