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Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust that works to permanently protect unique plant and animal habitat, clean water, farmland, scenic beauty and places for people to enjoy outdoor recreation in North Carolina and Tennessee.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy was awarded a $1.2 million grant from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, according to state documents last updated Sept. 13.

The grant is intended to go toward purchasing a property on Chestnut Mountain near Canton said SAHC Communications Director Angela Shepherd in an email.

“The property contains nine miles of streams and forested habitat for wildlife,” Shepherd said. “We are exploring options with the Town of Canton and Haywood County to assess if this property would be a suitable place for a natural-resource protective public park — combining conservation and recreation.”

Haywood County and Canton leadership declined to comment on the topic.

The project is in its initial stages, and is nowhere near completion, Shepherd said.

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