Pickens County Decorative Stone
The property is located within the Blue Ridge Ecoregion, which the Georgia SWAP noted as one of the richest centers of biodiversity in North America, and protection of the property furthers the SWAP’s goals to protect and preserve such important habitats. Protection of the water sources on the property sustains water quality for the Salacoa Creek stream corridor, which is beneficial to protect the Coosawattee River. Protection of the property increases the acreage of conserved lands in Pickens County, Georgia generally and along the Salacoa Creek stream corridor, and thus helps maintain habitat and landscape connectivity in the region which exponentially enhances habitat value through increased population sustainability, habitat potential, and diversity. Protection of the property helps counteract worldwide carbon dioxide emissions by preserving mature forest patches which are crucial for carbon dioxide absorption and provide higher carbon gain per acre than young forests. Also, it alleviates the risk of future quarrying and protects the water, forests and other natural resources.
Timeline below may overlap with the Salacoa Stone Quarry project as the two tracts are next to each other.