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Nonprofit land trusts launch interactive website highlighting protected lands along the Parkway in North Carolina
Eight partner land conservation organizations recently launched an interactive website highlighting every land protection project they’ve completed along the North Carolina section of the Blue Ridge Parkway. The website touts 76 properties totaling 63,948 acres protected as of December 31, 2015 by local, statewide and national nonprofit land conservation organizations. The web link is protecttheblueridgeparkway.org.
The website includes photos and property descriptions, including availability for hiking, an interactive map, and information about each partner land trust and the Blue Ridge Parkway. “We hope this site will raise awareness about the great work being done by land trusts to protect the integrity of the Blue Ridge Parkway,” said CTNC Executive Director Reid Wilson. “We also hope it will serve as an interactive guide for visitors seeking hiking opportunities and more information about scenic views along the Parkway.”
“Working in partnership with conservation organizations to protect lands and ensure these views are available for generations to come is a gift,” said Mark Woods, Superintendent of the Blue Ridge Parkway.
The website complements a booklet recently published that contains the same content. The website will be updated to reflect future completed conservation projects. For a paper copy of the booklet, contact CTNC at 919-828-4199 ext. 17 or [email protected].
The land trusts protecting the natural, cultural and economic value of the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina include: Blue Ridge Conservancy, The Conservation Fund, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Mainspring Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy, Piedmont Land Conservancy, and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.
Our Blue Ridge Parkway booklet and website was featured by the Asheville Citizen-Times! Read the full story here!