In 2016 the City of Charlotte partnered with the Catawba Lands Conservancy to acquire five properties and place them under a conservation easement, conserving approximately 46 acres in Northwest Charlotte adjacent to the main channel of Gum Branch Creek and tributaries. An additional property was acquired in 2017, for a total of approximately 59 acres. The forest types conserved by this project comprise a mix of early successional forest and mature mixed hardwood and pine species, including white oak, mockernut hickory, pignut hickory, northern red oak, black walnut, hackberry, sycamore, shortleaf pine, loblolly pine and tulip poplar.
A feature on one of the properties acquired by the Gum Branch project is Wilson Pond, an important three-acre water quality improvement responsible for pollution control and drainage for approximately 181 surrounding acres.
The Gum Branch property is located in close proximity to the future Mecklenburg County Gum Branch Greenway corridor, but does not contain a trail network and is not currently open to the public.