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SALT Protects 100th Tract of Land - Seaboard Tract

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Party for the Pine "After Party"

Cheers to great beer and 25 years of conservation in action! Join SALT staff and fellow SALT members on March 19, 2016 at the inagural Southern Pines Brewing Company – Sandhills Area Land Trust partnership beer tasting. Party for the Pine "After Party"; will be at the Southern Pines Brewing Company taproom.

Date: March 19, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: 565 Air Tool Drive, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Sandhills Area Land Trust 2016 Annual Meeting

image for 2016 SALT annual meetingHelp us celebrate SALT’s 25th Year! Join us for a fun, family friendly afternoon at the Girl Scout Camp Mu-Sha-Ni, where SALT protects the water buffer. We’ll have a quick SALT business meeting to elect officers, and also enjoy lunch, activities, and of course s’mores! Please RSVP to our office at (910) 695-4323 or

Date: Saturday, April 9, 2016 12:00pm - 3:00 pm
Location: 427 Sycamore Lane, Jackson Springs, NC 27281

SALT Kicks Off the NC Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association

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The move to get more private landowners engaged in longleaf pine restoration took a giant leap forward on February 11th in Carthage for SALT’s rollout of the NC Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association (PBA)! Close to 100 people attended, including landowners, natural resource professionals from state agencies, representatives from non-profit conservation organizations, three volunteer fire departments and several elected officials. For an intensive two hours, attendees discussed how the NC Sandhills PBA can help move landowners from interest to action by using fire for their longleaf pine management. SALT is spearheading the NC Sandhills PBA as part of its NC Sandhills Longleaf Pine Project (which is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant). The core of this project is connecting longleaf woodland landowners to the resources they need to gain economic value from the restoration of the longleaf ecosystem.

SALT Protected Tracts

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SALT protects the Bear Necessities

photo of Little Coharie CreekMacon Thomas recently visited Sampson County with Valerie Alzner, Land Steward from the Sandhills Area Land Trust, to conduct a site inspection of Little Coharie Creek. This picture is from a mitigation site that SALT maintains next to the creek. According to Thomas, the hike was beautiful and he praised the owners for their great work! The highlight of the day was the sighting of a recent bear track along the river's edge.

Visiting the Whitehall Trail by Melissa Hall

Arriving by car, you can park at three locations; at Pee Dee road across from Swoope Road and Indian Trail, at the Elizabeth Rounds Park at 570 Pee Dee Road or at the Reservoir Park lot accessed off N.C. 22.

Directly across from Swoope Road, park in a gravel turn-around or travel down the sandy driveway to the farm gate. There are restrooms available at Rounds Park and the Reservoir Park. The white dots on the trees show you the trail. Read more...

On the Trail: Whitehall Just One of Area's Treasures by Melissa Hall

With the New Year many people renew their fitness by becoming more active. While many may hit the gym, the yoga studio or other indoor fitness opportunities — don’t forget the outdoors! We are fortunate in the Sandhills to have great trails, such as the Whitehall Trail in Southern Pines. Read more...

The Sandhills Heritage Gateway

Sandhills Heritage Gateway logoThe Sandhills Heritage Gateway is a new initiative of the Sandhills Area Land Trust. The Sandhills Heritage Gateway provides visitors and locals alike with an opportunity to experience firsthand the distinctive aspects of this area: to stand next to a sacred Creek Indian burial site, to feel warm peach juice dribble down the chin, to witness where the rolling hills of the Piedmont give way to the land of the longleaf pine, to catch a glimpse of rarities such as the Sandhills lily, the red-cockaded woodpecker, or even a black bear!