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June 28, 2021

Building trails that last – how we’re treading toward a more sustainable trail network

So you think you know about sustainability? We’re willing to bet that when you hear the word, trails aren’t what come to mind. Nevertheless, sustainability is […]
May 25, 2021

Our 2020 Annual Report and 2021 Spring Newsletter are here!

The Conservancy and Thread Trail are excited to bring you our newest newsletter, including our 2020 Annual Report. Check out the whole issue below! Photo by […]
May 17, 2021

Carolina Thread Trail and City of Mount Holly to celebrate the outdoors with socially distanced National Trails Day event

Mount Holly, N.C. – The Carolina Thread Trail will bring back its annual National Trails Day celebration on Saturday, June 5, 2021 with an increased focus […]
April 6, 2021

Protecting and Preserving Nature for 30 Years

In 1991 a small group of activists and ecologists, led by local schoolteacher Mary McDaniel, fought to save a piece of land along Mountain Island Lake […]
March 22, 2021
Photo: The Fork by Debbie Russell

The ideal time to fund conservation is now

While 2020 saw many closures and restrictions due to the pandemic, one thing wasn’t restricted by COVID-19: the North Carolina outdoors. We saw a record-number of […]
March 16, 2021

Women’s History Month: One woman’s vision

Here at Catawba Lands Conservancy, we talk a lot about what we do. Like protecting land to protect water quality. However, it is also important to […]
February 22, 2021

Improvements Coming to Spencer Mountain Kayak Launch With Funds from The Gaston Community Foundation

Gaston County, N.C. – A favorite spot for outdoor enthusiasts, the Spencer Mountain River Access Canoe and Kayak Launch in Spencer Mountain, N.C. will soon get […]
February 9, 2021

Our top trails and preserves for birding

Are you one of the many Carolinians who keep a bird feeder because you like to watch your backyard birds during the winter? Perhaps you just […]
January 15, 2021

What does the future hold for development, trails in Charlotte?

It’s no secret to folks who live in the greater Charlotte region – we’re growing and developing faster than many people could have imagined. That means […]
January 12, 2021

Five Triumphs in a Tough Year

Last year brought a lot of challenges to the Conservancy and Thread Trail. As we look back on this unprecedented year that was 2020, it’s incredible […]
December 10, 2020

Seeds of hope for the Schweinitz’s sunflower

By: Adde Sharp Beautiful, tenacious, scarce; these are the defining characteristics of the endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower. A native species to the rapidly disappearing Piedmont Prairie, Schweinitz’s […]
November 30, 2020

VIDEO: Restoring Forney Creek

In a quickly developing area of eastern Lincoln County, the Conservancy and Thread Trail are working closely to protect land, improve water quality in a local […]
October 16, 2020

Protecting North Carolina’s Fall Splendor

Cooler temperatures mean North Carolinians can finally get outside and safely enjoy the glory of this fall leafing season. And with limited options for indoor social […]
August 28, 2020

Land Trust Accreditation Commission renews CLC’s accreditation

We are excited to announce that Catawba Lands Conservancy’s land trust accreditation has officially been renewed! The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the […]
July 12, 2020

We stand against racism.

We stand for racial equity and against systemic racism.  The current motivation for that statement is a recent series of deaths resulting from acts of racism […]
June 5, 2020

Black Voices and the Outdoors

In order to be an ally in standing up for Black lives, we are suspending our online promotion of National Trails Day (our annual community festival […]
May 29, 2020

Pinhook Preserve: A place for native plants to flourish

If you’ve ever paddled the South Fork River south from Spencer Mountain, you’ve traveled right alongside our Pinhook Preserve, perhaps without even knowing it. Pinhook, also […]
April 27, 2020

Trail Closures and COVID-19 Updates

Updated 5/11/20 Both North and South Carolina have reopened state parks, including sections of the Carolina Thread Trail that are within park boundaries. Here are the […]
April 24, 2020

Check out our 2019 Annual Report

There’s been a lot going on at the Conservancy and Thread Trail. Check out our 2020 Spring Newsletter and 2019 Annual Report below to find out […]
April 21, 2020

Five ways you can be here for nature

With this year being the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, we thought we’d pull together a few quick and easy things you can do […]
April 20, 2020

Conservancy-protected farms you can visit

Below are some of the farms that have conservation easements with the Catawba Lands Conservancy or are home to a segment of the Carolina Thread Trail […]
April 16, 2020

Four unexpected (and one obvious) reason we conserve farms

“No nation has ever had so few people actually farming. This is a social change that has isolated most people from rural life and from an […]
April 10, 2020

Video: Spread Joy, Not the Virus

We need our trails and greenways now more than ever! Let’s all do our part in making sure they stay open by keeping 6 feet apart. […]
March 12, 2020

Great American Outdoors Act would provide dedicated funding for conservation

This week a bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress that would fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), a source of federal money for […]
January 2, 2020

Flying squirrels spotted at Eastover Ridge Preserve

Recently, students from Queens University have been conducting research on our Eastover Ridge Preserve. Some of the students were working to discover if and how owls […]
December 30, 2019

2019 Fall Newsletter

Check out our Fall 2019 Newsletter below!
June 25, 2019

The Conservancy Lands a Strong, Dynamic Leader

Lawyer/fundraising pro Bart Landess seems custom-made for the role by Page Leggett Like his predecessors, Bart Landess, who began his role as Executive Director of the […]
June 4, 2019

Acres to Roam: The Killian Family Farm

Kay Killian’s familial connection to the land on the west side of Mountain Island Lake is a strong one that can be traced to colonial America’s […]
May 20, 2019

Conservancy Brings Native Blooms Back to Preserved Land

In the shadow of Spencer Mountain northwest of McAden­ville lies Spencer Mountain Conservation Area, among the largest of Catawba Lands Conservancy’s preserved sites at 1,210 acres. […]
April 24, 2019

Five Insta-Worth Spots Protected by Catawba Lands Conservancy

Its no secret – these days, it’s all about the ‘gram. And what is more instagramable than nature? Maybe a dog, but even a dog is […]
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