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Davidson Lands Conservancy receives most valuable donation ever

Longtime Statesville general contractor Bill Wilson gave the Davidson Lands Conservancy its most valuable donation ever this week -- 10.2 acres on busy N.C. 73, 1.4 miles east of the Mecklenburg-Cabarrus county line.

The conservancy accepted the property, appraised at over $700,000, for conservation purposes and will apply to qualify the donation for the N.C. Conservation Tax Credit Program, said Rodney Graham, president of the local land trust.

“The property is located in a rapidly developing area, but will now be conserved in perpetuity,” Graham said.

Wilson also is a past Charlotte area Rotary district governor. His grandchildren had named the property “Pappy’s Place,” said Roy Alexander, conservancy executive director.

A third of the property is a wooded, north-facing slope that Wilson had already designated as a nature preserve, Alexander said. “With its topography and the mature woods, it would be an outstanding park property,” Alexander said.

Wilson’s gift is not only to the conservancy “but to all of the people who live and work in the quickly developing Davidson, Concord and Kannapolis corridor along Highway 73,” said Jason Walser, executive director of the Land Trust for Central North Carolina.

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