We help safeguard and improve our region's water quality by keeping the natural buffers intact along primary waterways. Protecting the land around and riparian buffers of our region’s rivers, lakes, streams, and tributaries helps filter billions of gallons of water each year - ensuring that millions of people have safe drinking water and the livelihood of sensitive ecosystems have healthy habitats to survive and thrive. When we protect land around and near waterways, CLC is improving the natural filtration of pollutants and sediments, helping to prevent flooding and erosion and providing our regions’ communities with cleaner streams, lakes and drinking water. With help from funding sources like the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the conservation of lands around our key waterways helps keep our natural buffers intact. We also restore buffers with native plants and shrubs near and around sensitive shorelines. Watershed protection makes a significant impact on the quality of life for everyone and everything in our region. [caption id="attachment_8330" align="alignleft" width="190"] Clean Water[/caption]
Our Clean Water Conservation Vision is to save natural buffer lands along priority waterways, including the Catawba River and Lake Wylie.
We preserve the sites and sounds of our natural lands and sensitive regional ecosystems so that our local wildlife can thrive. Our region has significant natural lands that provide ecological and biological rich wildlife habitats to support many local animal and plant species. Our conserved wetlands, forested and open spaces provide high-quality environments for a cross-section of wildlife. In partnership with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission – and other significant organizations – we can protect more of our natural lands that help us breathe to little easier and healthier. Our conserved properties are also research sites for environmental organizations, colleges and universities, as we are active partners in helping to advance education and scientific understanding of the many ecologically rich habitats in our region. [caption id="attachment_3964" align="alignleft" width="190"] Wildlife Habitat[/caption]
Our Wildlife Habitat Conservation Vision is to save wildlife environments and tree canopy, including the protection of more local forests and natural heritage sites.
We conserve local farms to retain farmland, support our way of life and help farmers continue supplying food to our region. Agriculture is North Carolina’s chief industry. When CLC conserves local farms, we are making a significant impact on our regional economy. Did you know that produce can travel an average of 1,500 miles from farm to table? The conservation of local farms also helps provide, promote and support locally grown and harvested food, so that food from our North Carolina farms gets to our local farmstands, stores and homes more sustainably and efficiently. Conservation helps fuel our agricultural and rural economies. Farming in North Carolina comprises more than 20 percent of the state’s income, but is at great risk. Since 2002, the state has lost more than 6,000 farms and 600,000 acres of farmland, according to the North Carolina Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. CLC is actively working with farming communities and local governments to support farmland preservation initiatives. By conserving farms, we are saving a significant part of our regional heritage. [caption id="attachment_3966" align="alignleft" width="190"] Local Farms[/caption]
We are leading a regionally significant initiative to enhance our region and connect people to nature. When we conserve natural lands and green space, we are providing a community benefit with opportunities to explore, learn and experience nature in a variety of ways. As the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail (The Thread), CLC is committed to advancing trails, greenways and blueways across the region and providing opportunities for residents and visitors to connect with our natural environment. The Thread, is a 15-county, two state initiative designed to inspire and facilitate the creation and development of a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation corridors that will link more than 2.3 million citizens. CLC and The Thread work in partnership with Foundation For The Carolinas and many local partners on this initiative. CLC conserves lands and uses various funding sources to help create The Thread. Currently, more than 250 miles of The Thread are open to the public in North and South Carolina with 14 active corridors under development. Click here more information on the Carolina Thread Trail. Click here to read The Thread’s "2012 Report to Communities." [caption id="attachment_8333" align="alignleft" width="190"] Connection to Nature[/caption]
Our Connection to Nature Conservation Vision Goal is to partner with communities to build 1,500 miles of Carolina Thread Trail on connected parklands, buffers and nature preserves.
- 68 Acres Saved in Mecklenburg and Lincoln Counties
- Catawba Lands Conservancy Awarded a 2016 Women’s Impact Fund Grant
- June 4: Community Bash for National Trails Day and Land Trust Day in McAdenville
- Buffalo Creek Prescribed Burn Will Restore Rare Piedmont Savanna
- 34 Acres Conserved in Stanly County along Rocky River
VIDEO: Nature Sustain Us
Preserving nature and connecting people to it is the work of Catawba Lands Conservancy, a critical mission considering that the Charlotte region is projected to lose 30% of its remaining green space within 15 years. By saving land, we protect water, wildlife, farm life and quality of life.