The Catawba Lands Conservancy and Girl Scouts Hornets' Nest Council announced this morning that at least half of the council’s Dale Earnhardt Environmental Leadership Campus at Oak Springs in Iredell County has been conserved.
A conservation easement now permanently protects 358 acres of the 673-acre Oak Springs property, protecting it forever from future development.
Oak Springs is a regional destination for Girl Scouts, providing camp activities and educational experiences for girls from the counties of Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Stanly, Union and York, S.C.
On average, about 200 to 300 girls participate in activities every weekend from March through November.
The easement protects the property’s conservation values, while allowing the council to continue using the property and plan for future expansion.
The 358 acres were purchased in part with a $620,000 grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, with the remaining value of the property donated to the conservancy.