Protecting Our Heritage
In 1995, former owners of Gwynn Valley, Howie and Betty Boyd, created a conservation easement to protect the 320 acres of camp property in perpetuity.
The easement was the culmination of one step in Howie and Betty’s dreams to allow Gwynn Valley to continue far into the future and perserve the natural environment of the camp in order to insure its continued success. The easement was placed with the Pacolet Area Conservancy, located in Tryon, NC. A biological assessment of the land was conducted by the Nature Conservancy, and found the property to be the home of several rare and potentially endangered plant species, and even a unique spider, Nesticid. Most recently, in May of 2015, Gwynn Valley was found to be home of a Rare and Endangered salamander known as the Green Salamander.
Conditions of the Easement
The easement contains restrictions against subdividing the property, undertaking industrial activities, mining, and timbering. The 43 acre main-camp area allows for replacement or new structures as necessary for the operation of camp, while the natural areas of camp will remain preserved. The terms of the easement are monitored on a yearly basis using the current baseline of land surveys, biological assessments and photographs.
We are pleased to have our land protected and to know that Gwynn Valley will be home to many future generations of campers.