Cornwallis-Erwin Natural Area/Open Space
(Component 8 of New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan)
Description and Special Features
A 50+ acre tract on the SW corner of Erwin Rd. and Cornwallis Rd. was proposed as a possible site for a new public high school. Click here to read the Committee's July 17, 2009 letter to the Durham Public Schools about the planned high school.
In the News
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Text from 1991 New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan
Existing Land Use & Ownership
Future Land Use
Much of this Component is part of Duke Forest. The 1989 Duke University Land Resources Committee classified this area as Category 2, Research Project Land. This designation means that the land will continue to be used for current teaching and research activities. However, because these areas have less intensive academic usage at the present time, and research and teaching may or may not be their most appropriate use over the long term, the Land Resources Committee did not designate this category as valuable to Duke as Category 1 lands (i.e., to be kept for 50 years).
The Mud Creek floodplain remains relatively wide even this close to its point of origin. One vegetation site has been identified in this section, the Eastern Mud Creek Hardwood Slopes (see Appendix E of Master Plan). Because the Cornwallis Road/Erwin Road intersection is prominently visible to travelers, it constitutes an important visual resource. As land continues to be developed in this vicinity (especially to the west), preserving the wooded quality of this major intersection will be extremely important.
Recommendations for Protection & Use