Another Piece Added to the Park Puzzle

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On December 30th, the Eno River Association acquired 6.4 acres of land for addition into the Eno River State Park.  The property straddles the Durham – Orange county line off Sparger Road.  The Association purchased the property from local landowner Curtis Crosby using funds donated to the Association’s Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquisition Fund.  Many of the more recent gifts made to the fund were in memory of Margaret Nygard’s husband, Holger Nygard, who died in the spring of this year.  Though small, the property provides an important forested buffer to the Eno River and increased connectivity for wildlife in an area where the park was very narrow along the river.  This section of the Eno is designated as a Significant Natural Heritage Area by the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, partly due to rare mussels like the Atlantic pigtoe, Yellow lampmussel, and Eastern lampmussel that live there.  The land is surrounded by the State Park on two sides and comes within 150-feet of the North Carolina Mountains-to-Sea Trail which runs along the river. The property will protect the view-shed of the trail by providing a scenic buffer from the adjacent residential developments and Sparger Road.

Donate Your Old Vehicle & Benefit the River

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Photo by Friend of the Eno, Toby Gray

If you have an old car, boat, RV, jet ski, motorcycle, or other vehicle taking up space in your driveway or garage, donate it to the Eno and support the permanent protection of land, water and wildlife in our community. Our partners at CARS make it easy. Just call 855-500-7433 or fill out this simple web form. CARS will tow or haul the vehicle away, give you a receipt, and send Eno River Association a check. So, what are you waiting for?

Hydrilla: The Eno River’s #1 Enemy

Hydrilla, a fast-spreading non-native weed, is threatening our river!

  • It is growing in dense mats, affecting swimming, paddling, and fishing
  • It is crowding out our native plants
  • It is making it hard for large native game fish like White Bass to thrive
  • It is encouraging the growth of toxic blue-green algae that can threaten local birds

To learn more about efforts to monitor & control Hydrilla, visit our Hydrilla webpage.IMG_0064In 2011, Eno River State Park rangers worked with iWalk the Eno Summer Camp volunteers to hand-pull Hydrilla.