Raleigh helps buy conservation land in Durham

From staff reportsApril 16, 2013 

— The Triangle Greenways Council announced Tuesday that it acquired another 22 acres of forest and wetlands along Chunky Pipe Creek in eastern Durham County for a future trail.

The city of Raleigh provided $93,290 toward the purchase, through a partnership with conservation groups that aims to protect drinking water in the upper Neuse River basin. The property is about two miles up Chunky Pipe Creek from Falls Lake, the primary drinking water supply for Raleigh and a half dozen other Wake County towns.

The greenways council bought the property at a bargain price on April 10 from private owners, who benefitted from state and federal conservation tax incentives, including the N.C. Conservation Tax Credit. The land is in a planned greenway corridor that will eventually connect U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land around Falls Lake and the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, which follows the south shore of the lake.

Chunky Pipe Creek, which enters Falls Lake near Patterson Road, is a focal point for the greenways council, which has conserved three other properties along the creek, totaling 40.6 acres. Those earlier purchases also were made with the help of the state’s conservation tax credit.

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