The Mud Creek Conservancy (MCC) has permanently protected 73 acres of natural habitat in the Mud Creek watershed. This was accomplished through donations of conservation easements, donations of land and fee title acquisitions of parcels containing ecologically sensitive land with high conservation value. The majority of this acreage lies in or abuts the Mud Creek floodplain and serves to protect critical riparian habitat. Concerned citizens living in the area have taken notice of the importance to forever preserve the aesthetic beauty, ecological services, and wildlife habitat provided by the valley and have worked with MCC to achieve that preservation.
From 1995 to 2021, conservation easement donations had been the primary mechanism by which MCC had been able to protect land in the Mud Creek Valley. In April 2021, MCC completed their first ever fee title land acquisition, thanks to a two year long grassroots funded capital campaign securing a half a million dollars for the 26-acres for the soon to be opened “Sargent Road Nature Park”. In 2023, MCC facilitated the outright donation of two different properties, both previously protected by MCC conservation easements.
In January 2024, we closed on the future “Blue Heron Nature Preserve”, our second land acquisition project in 3 years (and in our 30 year history), permanently protecting nearly 12-acres of forests and wetlands bordering Mud Creek. MCC now owns and manages 53 of our 73 protected acres across four different properties.
If you find yourself asking what you can do to help achieve our mission of preserving the valley, we offer many ways to get involved. To learn more about easements or land donations and what they mean for land owners, visit our Protect Land page. You can always reach out to us directly through our Contact Us form.