Land trust receives donation to help protect military

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 07:23 PM.

Development around Cherry Point, its bombing ranges and training areas could jeopardize future military operations, officials said Friday, and by securing the land, the trust protects the base and coastal habitat at the same time.

“It means a great deal,” said George Liner, a Havelock commissioner and member of the last trust board of directors. “The partnership that we have with the Coastal Land Trust is great. This is the future of Havelock, partnering with any organization to save the land and to help protect Cherry Point. It’s a great day.”

The project will also help in the creation of park and recreation areas at Slocum Creek in a partnership with the city.

“We’re happy to be a partner in helping bridge the gap between the economy and protecting the base and protecting the environment,” Havelock Mayor Will Lewis said.

Chalk said the project makes everyone a winner.

“The encroachment partnership project is a win-win for the environment, national defense, community and economic vitality,” she said. “We’re glad to be a lead supporter of the Coastal Land Trust’s special project.”

Commissioner Brenda Wilson thanked Herlevich and the efforts of the land trust.

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