Boy Scouts, Coastal Land Trust partner to preserve more than 200 acres

Published: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 20:01 PM.

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust hit a milestone with the conservation of more than 200 acres in Carteret County through a partnership with the Boy Scouts.

Camp Sam Hatcher in Newport has long been used as a primitive camping site for Boy Scout troops across Eastern North Carolina — the hundreds of acres of longleaf pine sandhills, savannas and wetlands ideal for hiking, nature study and light recreation.

Just the kind of property Coastal Land Trust works to preserve.

“It’s a good fit for us,” Executive Director Camilla Herlevich said.

Coastal Land Trust has joined with the East Carolina Council of the Boy Scouts of America to conserve land at Camp Sam Hatcher. The organization acquired 201 acres and the Boy Scouts donated a conservation easement of more than 20 additional acres to the Coastal Land Trust. The Boy Scouts retain title to 122 acres.

With the conservation easement, the Boy Scouts continue to own that share of the property but agree to only minimal uses to continue to preserve the land.

The project puts the Coastal Land Trust over its goal of 50,000 coastal conservation acres saved.



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