This property is located in a Mars Hill, North Carolina mountain resort.
The photo was taken January 4, 2008 and shows extensive slope erosion. Eroding slopes are a common problem affecting property owners in the mountain counties of Western North Carolina. Retaining walls are frequently required to repair deteriorating slopes and to prevent landslides. The cost of stabilizing eroding and landslide prone slopes is costly, generally $50,000 to $100,000. Builders and developers often seed the steep sloped construction site to slow erosion, but this is only a temporary measure and it will not stop earth movement.