Horse farm conservation topic at PAC

Published 10:13 am Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) held an informational meeting about Horse Farm

Gerald Pack, area horse farmer, conservation easement holder and PAC board member, talks to the group at the horse farm conservation meeting on June 5. (photo by Pam Torlina)

Conservation on June 5 at the newly renovated auditorium in the Mill Spring Agricultural and Community Development Center.
Those who attended the free forum were shown a 10-minute PAC video on Saving our Horse Country. The video focused on the importance of landowners in horse communities joining together to protect horse farms through voluntary conservation easements designed to protect the cultural and historical heritage of the area. The video also contained interviews about how Virginia’s Piedmont Environmental Council has worked with area landowners to protect thousands of acres of their vast horse country.
Participants also listened to, and asked questions of, experts in the field of conservation and equestrian matters, addressing myths and misconceptions about conservation easements and preserving horse farms.
Free refreshments and door prizes were provided by PAC supporters, such as Dogwood Kennels, The Hay Rack, Little Mountain Kennels and Tryon Mountain Hardware. Volunteers also helped make the meeting a success.
For more information on preserving horse farms and voluntary conservation easements, visit the PAC office at 850 N. Trade St. (Hwy. 176) or contact PAC at 828-859-5060 or
– article submitted by Pam Torlina

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