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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 […]
October 12, 2020

Catawba Lands Conservancy protects two new properties, including local dairy farm and creamery

Lincolnton, N.C. – A local dairy farm and creamery is now protected from development in perpetuity by the Catawba Lands Conservancy. The project was funded in […]
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 […]
February 27, 2019

Welcoming New Executive Director Bart Landess

Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail are pleased to announce Bart Landess as the new executive director starting March 1. Bart brings nearly 30 years […]
December 19, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Didn’t get our newsletter in your mailbox? No worries — you can read the whole issue online!
November 16, 2018

Lakewood Farm Share

Novant Health grant brings fresh, healthy food to Lakewood community Eating an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables is essential to ensure lasting health. Yet for […]
September 19, 2018

THE RIVER AND US: Six friends explore the Rocky and Pee Dee Blueways

Story and photos by Nancy Pierce I’m drawn back time and again to rivers because of this: they change with seasons and storms yet stay dependable […]
July 26, 2018
Photo: Buffalo Creek Preserve by Nancy Pierce

No Filter: Nancy Pierce, CLC’s outspoken volunteer photographer

Nancy Pierce became a photographer accidentally. But she’s a conservationist on purpose. She studied news writing at the University of Minnesota Journalism School and got an internship after […]
July 12, 2018

Catawba Lands Conservancy and U.S. National Whitewater Center Partner to Protect 193 Acres in Northwest Charlotte

Conservation project a win for water quality and local trails  Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) have partnered […]
April 19, 2018

Catawba Lands Conservancy to Protect More of a Region’s Rare Habitat

by Sean Bloom, Catawba Lands Conservancy’s GIS Director and Biologist This spring, in a small pocket of Gaston County, slime-covered creatures will emerge from the muck […]
March 21, 2018

The Story of Redlair

Haywood Rankin’s Gastonia homeplace has a past — and, thanks to him, a bright future. By Page Leggett Haywood Rankin’s life is inextricably linked to the Gaston […]
January 4, 2018

2017 Winter Newsletter

The Winter Newsletter is here! If you didn’t see it in your mailbox, don’t worry, you can now read it online. Winter stories include: How Redlair […]
January 1, 2018

5 Wins for Conservation and Trails in 2017

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, 2017 has been a tremendously successful year, from 429 acres of land protected to the 5 new Thread Trail segments […]
December 29, 2017

Rare Flowers of the Piedmont Savanna

Along roadsides and utility lines survive the relics of a largely forgotten habitat – the Piedmont savanna and prairie. Historical documents dating back to the 1540s […]
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