The Mott Easement was Davidson Lands Conservancy’s first Conservation Easement with private individuals. Former property owners Joe and Jan Mott permanently protected 8.67 acres along a 685’ stretch of the creek, comprised of approximately 40% woodland and 60% pasture. The parcel extends from Davidson-Concord Road to the West Branch of the Rocky River and contains a residence, a horse barn, and several related structures. It is bordered by common open space owned by the River Run Property Owners Association and on the creek side by River Run Golf Course.
Roy Alexander, former DLC executive director, stated, “The parcel is small, but the public benefit of the easement is significant as it preserves open space — woods, fields, and streams — possessing agricultural, natural, scenic, recreational, riparian buffer, and watershed protection values. ”
Noted Joe Mott, “We love the natural aspects of our land as much as we do the house and out-buildings, and we are grateful that the easement gives us the flexibility to prescribe what can and cannot be changed about it in the future.”
Davidson Lands Conservancy monitors the land annually, advises on land-management issues such as exotic-species control, communications with neighbors, record keeping, posting boundary signs, and legal defense of the easement if violations occur.