A 183-acre property along Tim’s Creek in the Icard Township of eastern Burke County is now permanently protected. Diane & Jacques Geitner donated a conservation easement on their property to Foothills Conservancy, ensuring that the land will never be developed or divided.
The Tim’s Creek property includes 153 acres of mature forest and 30 acres of open pastureland. It connects two State Significant Natural Heritage Areas: Smith Mountain to the north and Hildebran Mountain to the south.
About 1.5 miles of Tim’s Creek and its tributary streams lace the property. Tim’s Creek is a direct tributary of the Henry Fork River, which contributes to municipal water supplies downstream in the Catawba River basin.
Funding for the project came from a grant from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund’s mini-grant program and a generous contribution from the Geitners.