The Transylvania Times -

By Mark Todd
Staff Writer" 

Couple Wants Their Piece Of Paradise Preserved


Patrick Horan and Noel Thurner have placed a conservation easement on their property in Sapphire. (Times photos by Mark Todd)

Patrick Horan and Noel Thurner of Sapphire own their own personal piece of mountain paradise. And they want to keep it that way.

So they've placed a conservation easement on their land, not far from Whitewater Falls and Gorges State Park, to make sure that their land is never disturbed by development.

As part of the arrangement, they couple will receive a tax break on their land.

They were assisted in setting up the easement by a Brevard firm called Conservation Advisers and the Hendersonville-based Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy.

Their property off Cash Road adjoins the Nantahala Nat...

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