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Wake Buys 2 Tracts to Preserve as Open Space

Posted April 16, 2008 12:11 p.m. EDT

— Wake County on Tuesday purchased 685 acres to preserve as open space.

The Board of Commissioners approved spending $11.8 million to acquire the 563-acre Procter Tract in the Little River watershed in eastern Wake County and $3.5 million for the 122-acre Sinclair Tract in the Falls Lake watershed. The money came from open-space bonds approved by voters last year.

The properties are seen as critical to protecting Wake County watersheds and future water supplies. They contain endangered aquatic species, rare plants, unique granite outcroppings and extensive streams protecting water quality and wildlife in the critical watersheds of Falls Lake and the future Little River Reservoir.

"I am pleased that Wake County citizens continue to support our open space bonds and make it possible for us to preserve important lands like the Procter and Sinclair tracts," Joe Bryan, chairman of the Board of Commissioners, said in a statement. "It's a great day when our partners and private landowners work with us to protect our County's natural legacy and our future."