Conserving parkway lands for natural and community health
In 1996, the Governor’s Year of the Mountains Commission designated Conservation Trust for North Carolina to coordinate land protection along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. We have successfully collaborated with local land trusts, the National Park Service and other public agencies and private landowners to effectively conserve over 36,000 acres of forested lands in the region.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is a national treasure and a significant economic driver for western North Carolina. As one of the most heavily-visited units of the National Park Service, the parkway attracts 14-18 million annual visitors and generates nearly $1 billion in revenue to nearby communities. Now more than ever, we are committed to conserving these treasured lands.
We can’t do this work alone.
The natural and cultural heritage of western North Carolina face continued threats related to climate change, development, and resources for people and wildlife. CTNC will continue to factor these potential impacts into our ongoing land conservation efforts along the Blue Ridge Parkway and amplify that knowledge and expertise throughout the rest of the state. The lands we protect will safeguard climate-resilient habitat, clean air, clean water, natural beauty, outdoor recreation, cultural heritage and community health and prosperity.
CTNC works collaboratively with local land trusts to conserve western North Carolina lands through the Blue Ridge Forever coalition – Blue Ridge Conservancy, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Mainspring Conservation Trust, Piedmont Land Conservancy and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy.