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Protecting An American Treasure
The local land trusts have preserved more than 150,000 acres in Western North Carolina over the last 30 years. We are facing rapid changes in mountain land values. In some places, land that sold for $3,000 an acre ten years ago now sells for $10,000 or more. We are raising these acquisition funds through private gifts and public support, land donations, and bargain sales of land.
The future of some of the most treasured landscapes of the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains depends on your immediate resolve and commitment. You have an extraordinary opportunity to leave a lifetime legacy of protection.
Get to know, join, donate to and volunteer with your local land trust.
Find the land conservancy you would like to support by searching our list of land trusts.
Get to know your local land trusts at fun events across the region. View our region-wide events calendar. Local land trusts depend on member contributions and the support of people like you. Donations are tax deductible.
Contact your local land trust. If you need assistance finding your local land trust contact Valerie True, coalition coordinator for Blue Ridge Forever, at 828-253-0095 x213 or contact her via email.
By 2030 the U.S. Census Bureau expects North Carolina's population to increase by 50% from the 2000 population, the equivalent of taking the entire population of South Carolina and moving them to North Carolina. Decisions about the conservation of land, water and farmland happen at all levels of government. Please let your local, state, and federal elected officials know that you support funding for critical land and water conservation.
Land for Tomorrow is a partnership of concerned citizens, businesses, interest groups and local governments urging the
General Assembly to fully fund the state's conservation trust funds. These funds include the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Natural Heritage Trust Fund, the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust. For more information and to take action, visit Land for Tomorrow’s website.
Landowners who want to ensure their land is protected forever, even after they are no longer the owners, can sign land preservation agreements with land trusts. Landowners may also donate or sell their land to their local land trust. Learn more about How To Conserve Your Land and speak with the local land trust that serves your county, about the many possibilities.
How You Can Help
Land trusts are also looking for volunteers to help with:
- Leading guided hikes on protected properties
- Recruiting new members
- Planning and hosting special events
- Walking property boundaries
- Assisting with land management and restoration
- Taking photographs of properties
- Public and community outreach
- General office work
- Contact your local land trust to find out more!