COMMUNITY & ECOLOGICAL RESILIENCE
BOILING SPRINGS WILDERNESS
In late 2018, Unique Places To Save accepted a land donation of over 400-acres of globally-ranked natural heritage and wildlife habitat areas within the Boiling Springs Wilderness (“BSW”) area in Brunswick County, North Carolina. BSW, at 2,747 acres (4.29 square miles), is a massive conservation area. It directly abuts the ~7,926-acre Boiling Spring Lakes Plant Conservation Preserve, protected by the North Carolina Plant Conservation Program and the ~973-acre Orton Plantation conservation tract owned by The Nature Conservancy and held under conservation easement with the NC Coastal Land Trust.
BOX CREEK WILDERNESS
Unique Places To Save conducted an outreach and education campaign in coordination with our valued partner, Unique Places LLC, to help educate the public about the re-routing of a high-voltage power line that was proposed by Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation to run through the 7,000 acre Box Creek Wilderness Natural Heritage area in western North Carolina.
CATES FARM PARK
Unique Places To Save is partnering with the City of Mebane to lead a design charrette and master planning process that will garner community input for this remarkable rural property as part of their “city within a park” concept.
HOLLOW ROCK STORE
Originally, the Hollow Rock Store graced the banks of the New Hope Creek at Erwin Road from about 1930 until 1999. It had two incarnations. The first store, shown in the above 1972 photograph, was built and owned by John Ransom Whitfield. John Brown rented the store from Whitfield and operated it for nearly 40 years. The store sold groceries and gas, and served as a polling place on election days, in addition to being a significant community gathering place.
SPRINGER’S POINT MEMORIAL
Unique Places to Save was successful in raising over $17,000 to create an interpretive trail, signage and seating area highlighting the rare Georgia Sunrose plants at Springer’s Point Preserve on Ocracoke Island, owned and managed by the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. The 120-acre Springer’s Point Preserve, celebrating its 10th anniversary, is the only location in the Outer Banks where this tiny, ground-hugging plant with exquisitely lovely yellow flowers can be found.