Jackson County commissioners

Earlier this month, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners agreed to fill a funding gap to help protect and enhance Panthertown Valley.

A Friends group and Mainspring Conservation Trust wanted to purchase 16 acres for $195,000 at the valley’s entrance in Cashiers.

Thanks in part to Boyce Deitz, Charles Elders, Brian McMahan, Ron Mau and Mickey Luker (L-R), that has happened.

The groups want to provide better public access, improve the parking and protect views.