As the county's greenspace gets swallowed up at an alarming rate, the Catawba Lands Conservancy is working hard to preserve what's left of our natural land. Born out of civil disobedience, the group has held off funding challenges and the occasional politician. As it celebrates its twentieth anniversary, it has big plans for the next twenty Redlair, which is owned by the Rankin family, is the crown jewel of the Catawba Lands Conservancy's holdings. Haywood Rankin keeps permanent watch over his family's land. Chris Edwards It's dusk at the end of a sweltering June day at Redlair Farm and Forest in Gaston County.