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Wilson Creek Development Proposal Withdrawn!

Posted: 08/23/2007
By: Kevin Colburn
The proposal to build over 200 homes on 650 acres bordering North Carolina's Wild and Scenic Wilson Creek has been withdrawn.  The land has not been sold, and will be retained by its owner at least temporarily.  In response, the Caldwell County public hearing originally scheduled for Monday, August 27th has been canceled.  The County Commissioners have offered however to hear comments and discuss the development, even though there is no action formally on the table.  Paddlers interested in the protection of Wilson Creek are encouraged to attend and voice your support for long term protection, but the urgency that previously existed has subsided.   

The proposed development has highlighted the public desire to see the land parcel protected.  Wilson Creek is a very special place to many people, and efforts to protect the parcel and others in the watershed may now become a high priority for individuals, organizations, and agencies. 

The three Wild and Scenic Rivers in Western North Carolina each have significant portions under private ownership.  While not inherently problematic, in at least two cases, this fact has resulted in public exclusion from the streams themselves (Chattooga and Horsepasture Rivers).  American Whitewater has worked closely with the paddling community to protect and restore public access and responsible management on Wilson Creek, the Chattooga, and the Horsepasture.  Special thanks to our volunteers and affiliate clubs that are stalwart supporters of the region's Wild and Scenic Rivers. 

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Kevin Colburn

Asheville, NC

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