Particularly on the eastern side of the county, land is gobbled up almost as soon as it becomes available for new developments. These projects are adding hundreds of new homes to the area. In many instances, the land was once farmland and usually contain valuable ecosystems which will be destroyed with new development.
Such is the case with a piece of property which was once owned by the Mundy family in Denver. The Mundy family were founders of Rock Spring Campground. The property consists of over 150 acres with several springs, a strong creek with small waterfalls and over 1,200 square feet of exposed bedrock which may well be the largest piece of naturally exposed bedrock in Lincoln County.
A local organization is attempting to raise money to purchase this property so it can remain intact for both habitat and agricultural purposes. Outdoor Wellness League is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to the health and wellness of habitat and humanity. They have established multiple projects including pollution control programs, educational seminars, wellness hikes, veteran and active military support programs and conservation camp shares.
If they are able to obtain the property, OWL plans to maintain the existing trail to the creek, the trail around the field, and possibly create new trails with minimal impact to other important features of the property to allow nature education walks for scout troops, schools and other groups. They’d like to renovate the current house to include classrooms and bathrooms to continue the education seminars year-round. They’ll also work with local agricultural groups to utilize the field for agricultural education for youth and with scientists and professors from North Carolina universities on a study of the micro-habitats and unique biology of exposed bedrock in the state.
The Director of OWL, Kira Crisco, who lives in Denver, has been working to preserve habitat and discovered the Mundy property which is located on Beth Haven Church Road. It’s now known as the Beth Haven Farm.
“We’d really like to preserve this property,” she said. “We preserve property from the mountains to the coast in North Carolina. Right now, this property is most at risk for development. When all of the old established farms are bought up and made into developments, is Denver still going to hold that beautiful, country appeal that we all love? Or is it going to be rooftops as far as you can see. This property conceivably could hold over 300 homes. This is an opportunity to save a little piece of Denver’s history.”