Fairway to Heaven
Celebrating the completion of the Fairway to Heaven Conservation Easement.
Another healthy chunk of land along the Paw Paw River has been protected forever, thanks to Carol Harris and her generous conservation spirit!
Not content to just love nature from the comfort of her armchair, Carol is a person who puts thought into action. A dedicated volunteer with SWMLC’s weekly stewardship groups, the Privateers and Wednesday Warriors, Carol has taken her environmental commitment to a new level by protecting her land with a conservation easement held by SWMLC, and very generously donating the associated costs. She calls it the Fairway to Heaven Conservation Easement in honor of her late husband and his passion for golf.
The 45-acre property is graced by upland oaks and hickories, nearly a half mile of frontage on the South Branch Paw Paw River, and 11 acres of swamp and floodplain forest – rich, wet habitats that burst with plants, insects, fish, amphibians, reptiles, mammals, and birds, including threatened prothonotary warblers and red-shouldered hawks. Floodplain forests also guard water quality from soil-erosion pollution and absorb potentially damaging floodwaters.
Fairway to Heaven CE is located within 5 miles of 1,450 acres of conserved land (including 3 more private SWMLC CE’s and our limited-access Paw Paw River and Dayton-Willard Wildlife Preserves) and is within a conservation ‘hub’ (an area of critical focus) as determined by SWMLC’s Climate Resiliency Plan, Nature’s Network, creating a network that allows wildlife to move freely through a protected landscape. The new CE is the final piece in SWMLC’s three-year pollution control project aimed at protecting land within the Paw Paw River Watershed, recognized as a high-priority area in 3 different conservation management plans.