Farmer Peyton Yancey, 70, values his lifelong memories of the family’s farm in Linville, and has taken action to preserve Smith Creek, whose headwaters reside there. (Photos by Holly Marcus / Special to the DN-R)
“If we don’t preserve this land and water ... it’s all going to be polluted,” Yancey says.
Efforts to restore water quality at Peyton Yancey’s farm required planting trees, digging water lines for watering troughs and building fenced paths for cattle to cross over top of the creek.
Peyton Yancey strides along his beef operation in Linville. Yancey sank roughly $175,000 into a watershed preservation project on the farm, but expects 65 to 70 percent of his expenses to be reimbursed.
Evidence of environmental cleanup is seen at Peyton Yancey’s farm in Linville.