Mosaic: 21 Special Places in the Carolinas

Overview

The Carolinas are blessed with an abundance of public lands and wildlife preserves -- acres of forests, clear streams, and lively ecosystems. Mosaic is a look at twnety-one special places preserved for the recreation and enjoyment of Carolina communities. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and against streams and rushing rivers to the east, these places inspire and delight visitors, providing pristine places to hunt, fish, hike, and watch wildlife. The work of conserving and protecting these lands first fell to ...
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Overview

The Carolinas are blessed with an abundance of public lands and wildlife preserves -- acres of forests, clear streams, and lively ecosystems. Mosaic is a look at twnety-one special places preserved for the recreation and enjoyment of Carolina communities. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains and against streams and rushing rivers to the east, these places inspire and delight visitors, providing pristine places to hunt, fish, hike, and watch wildlife. The work of conserving and protecting these lands first fell to the Duke Power Company, whose land holdings extend throughout the Carolinas. In an effort to secure the best locations for hydroelectric and railroad operations, Duke has also managed to sell/donate more than 69,000 acres in the last 70 years. The company has proven definitively that corporate interests need not override environmental concerns. While building what has been called by the Financial Times of London the World's Most Respected Utility, Duke has exceeded its responsibility to the community by providing exemplary service and serving as a steward of the land, protecting wildlife, conserving natural resources, and protecting fragile areas of outstanding beauty.

What was once Duke Power Company's private property is now open to the public. Author and photographer Thomas Wyche considered his intimate tours of these lands a little-bestowed privilege as the secrets and subtleties of these 21 natural places unfolded before his eyes. With the help of Duke officials, Wyche presents this mosaic not only through vivid photographic images but with the rich historic background of each place preserved for posterity. The lands captured in Mosaic represent the best example of environmental responsibility America has to offer. Now owned and operated by federal, state, and private conservation agencies, these beautiful natural places provide unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation or quiet contemplation. From the preserves at the Jocassee Gorges Natural Area, west of Greenville, to the Mountain Island Experimental Forest northwest of Charlotte, beauty and conservation abound throughout the Carolinas, improving the quality of life for every citizen and creating an enduring legacy of careful conservation to be emulated by us all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565794269
  • Publisher: Westcliffe Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2002
  • Pages: 94
  • Sales rank: 1,436,543
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Introduction x
Preface xiii
I. The Jocassee Gorges 1
II. Panthertown Valley, Natahala National Forest 39
III. Green River Game Land 47
IV. Upper Catawba River 55
V. Middle Catawba River 65
VI. Lower Catawba River 79
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