CONSERVATION

In July 2017 a group of eighteen residents joined together to create Tarheel Lake Partners LLC with the express purpose of purchasing the half-acre Lot D-30 on Cardinal Road in Sherwood Forest. They donated $41,000 of their own money to purchase this strategic piece of property. The lot was recently appraised at $62,000. In October 2018 the partners transferred title to Sherwood Forest Friends with three stipulations:
• The lot will remain permanently undeveloped.
• Foot trails will be permitted.
• SFHA can have access to the Tarheel Lake/Dam provided that the temporary roadbed is restored with native plant material following completion of the project.

Lot D-30 is important to Sherwood Forest because it offers the only access to Tarheel Lake and Tarheel Dam in the event that repair or desilting becomes necessary.Sherwood Forest Friends (SFF) voted on November 5, 2018, to offer Lot D-30 to Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association (SFHA) for an amount of money that will cover all SFF expenses in accepting and transferring the property. At the earliest convenient date Lot D-30 will be transferred to Sherwood Forest.

Congratulations to Tarheel Lake Partners and Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association for realizing our goal to preserve and protect the natural resources and ecosystem of the area by acquiring and protecting land within or adjacent to the Sherwood Forest to be maintained in a natural state.

Despite our activities being curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020 was a busy year for SFF conserving land in Sherwood Forest.  Eight lots were acquired, through donation by the owner or by fundraising and purchase.  Sherwood Forest Friends has or will donate the properties to Sherwood Forest Homeowners Association for Green Area following a positive vote from homeowners.

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  • The Bridges and Swanson families led a charge to acquire the Trexler property (SAT X).  This ecologically rich 1.72 acre lot on Nottingham Road includes a bog and stream that borders a significant portion of Trout Lake. Over 100 Forest homeowners and friends contributed towards purchasing the property. The trail, Muskrat Run, is on this property.
  • Libby and Jerry Brown organized neighbors to purchase and donate a topographically challenging lot on Butternut SH2).  (The adjacent lot (SH1) was purchased by SFHOA Green Areas Acquisition Fund.)  The LeBow family sold these lots at below-market value to insure they stay green.  These properties abut and expand the existing 265 Green Area.
  • A gorgeous corridor lot across from the basketball court on the corner of Nottingham and Robin Hood was purchased and donated by Bebbie McCary in honor of her partner, Sid Schwager.  whose dream was to buy all undeveloped lots for  Green Area. A stream on the rear of the property is now protected and adjacent Green Area was expanded.
  • Lot C37, along Frazier Road, close to White Oak Terrace, was donated by Sandra Snyder and Greg Whitehair. This gorgeous fern-filled corner lot, could allow for expansion of Tanager Trail.
  • K11 on Oriole was added to Green Area.  This property, donated by Norm Talbot, adjoins the existing Green Area encompassing New Feedrock Trail and Sherwood Overlook.
  • FR2 & FR13 will be on the SFHA agenda for adoption in June 2021. These two lots on Feed Rock were donated by George Short, creating a green corridor on the corner of Cardinal, Oriole and Feed Rock and a connection with the upper end of Feed Rock.

Lot D-30 on Cardinal Road

background:
Isotria medeoloides
Small whorled pogonia
Listed as a threatened species by
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Bebbie MacCary and Carol McCullough
at the lot Bebbie donated.

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