Portions of the property consist of a mature forest while a majority of the land is covered by relatively young pine forest regrowth. Numerous rare species, such as Purple Coneflower, Monkeyface Orchid, Radford’s Sedge, Green Salamander, Barren Strawberry, are known to occur in close proximity to the property and within three miles from the site.
The protected land is within the Tugaloo watershed. The Tugaloo flows through Lake Yonah and Lake Hartwell, then joins the Savannah River. The property is protected from further quarrying. The easement allows retaining the natural character of an area known for recreation and tourism that includes well-known destinations such as Tallulah Gorge and Toccoa Falls. Also, it protects a wide variety of plant species, as well as wildlife habitat. Retaining forests on the property benefits the public by sequestering carbon which helps to ameliorate climate change.
Please note that Crane Mountain real estate has been sold – You must contact the current landowner for access. Despite the sale, the Conservation Easement remains in perpetuity.