Attorney Ann-Patton Hornthal is working with William Clarke and others in an effort to save the Box Creek Wilderness. Spanning 5,185 acres, Box Creek Wilderness is one of North Carolina’s premiere ecological jewels and is the state’s largest private Registered Natural Heritage Area. The property includes over 100 rare and priority conservation species of plants and animals and 18 globally rare plant communities. Maturing and interior forests cover thousands of acres. Within its forests, 28 rare or conservation priority bird species find refuge.
The 5,185 acre wilderness area is owned by 130 of Chatham, LLC. Thirty days after 130 of Chatham acquired the property, the local electric utility, the Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation, announced its plan to condemn and clear a 2 1/2-mile long, 100-foot-wide strip through the middle of it for a new power transmission line. 130 of Chatham is opposing the condemnation action on the grounds that this transmission line is not needed or can be provided without building a transmission line through Box Creek Wilderness. 130 of Chatham also contends that REMC acted arbitrarily and capriciously by failing to adequately consider whether additional capacity to the nearby substation is needed and if so, whether there are less expensive and less damaging alternative ways to meet such need.
The Verve article features the women helping the fight to save Box Creek Wilderness.