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The Nature Conservancy Buys Property Adjacent to Pinnacle Mountain State Park from Ranch Properties Inc.

The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas recently purchased 247 acres adjacent to Pinnacle Mountain State Park.

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas

The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas recently purchased 247 acres of fields and woods, breathtaking views of Pinnacle Mountain and 1.7 miles of Little Maumelle River frontage adjacent to The Ranch neighborhood. The property, valued at $4.45 million, was sold to the Conservancy at significantly discounted rate of $1 million by Ranch Property Inc. (RPI).

“We are very appreciative of Belinda, Rob, and Cathy Shults, Gene Pfeifer and Ed Willis for working with The Nature Conservancy on a conservation outcome for this property that benefits Arkansans. RPI’s $3.45 million donation made it possible and we are very thankful. We look forward to the positive conservation outcomes for our new neighbors and the people of central Arkansas,” stated Scott Simon, Director of The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas.

Conserving the property will add to the conservation lands already in Little Rock and Pulaski County while protecting a part of the view shed of Pinnacle Mountain State Park and the river corridor that so many people enjoy for fishing and canoeing. The Conservancy is working on the future use and management of the property with the neighbors of The Ranch, Arkansas State Parks and other partners.

“Donating this land to conservation was important to all of the RPI partners. Over the years, we have watched our children discover nature here and want that experience to continue for future generations. We are fortunate to have found the ideal owner and manager of this beautiful property in The Nature Conservancy” stated Belinda Shults.

Plans for the use of the property and partners in the project continue to develop. Once finalized, partners, neighbors and future plans will be celebrated at a dedication later in 2015.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.