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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 […]
September 8, 2017

Found in the Field: Witch Hazel

(Hamamelis virginiana) Depending on whom you ask, this shrub is the first or last plant to bloom in our area. The bright yellow, spider-like flowers, which […]
July 27, 2017

City of Charlotte Collaboration Protects 131 Acres of Land

3 new conservation projects part of innovative collaboration to preserve tree canopy In July, we worked with the City of Charlotte’s Tree Canopy Preservation Program (TCPP) […]
June 6, 2017

Haywood Rankin Receives NC Land Trust Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The North Carolina Land Trust Council awarded Haywood Rankin its Lifetime Achievement Award in Hendersonville on May 24. Haywood Rankin has been the driving force in the protection […]
June 5, 2017

2016 Annual Report Available Online

Check out the online version of our 2016 Annual Report and Spring newsletter! Stories include: A behind-the-scenes peek at our stewardship program A recap of 2016 […]
June 5, 2017

24 Acres Preserved in Mecklenburg County Expands Catawba Wildflower Glen

We worked with the City of Charlotte and landowners Tracy and Chris Smawley to permanently protect 24 acres of forestland that will expand CLC’s first protected property […]
March 2, 2017

Picnic with Us April 28 in Freedom Park

Fresh air. Fabulous local food. Bluegrass music. An evening to remember in Freedom Park! Join us on Friday, April 28, for the inaugural Pop-Up Picnic at […]
January 12, 2017

A Little Rainfall Goes a Long Way

Catawba Springs Preserve, a 136-acre preserve that is a part of the Forney Creek Conservation Area in Lincoln County, safeguards both water quality and wildlife habitat. Two […]
January 11, 2017

Fall/Winter 2016 Newsletter Available Online

Check out the online version of our Fall/Winter newsletter! The 25th anniversary edition features: CLC’s history and major milestones A look at our new logo and […]
January 4, 2017

5 Conservation and Trail Wins You Made Possible

Looking back on 2016 – Catawba Lands Conservancy’s 25th anniversary year – I’m incredibly proud of what we accomplished with your support! We opened 8 segments […]
January 4, 2017

Union County Conserved Land Protects Water Quality, Imperiled Species

CLC and James Family conserve 31 acres along Waxhaw Creek Charlotte, N.C. – In the last week of December, Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) worked with landowners […]
December 13, 2016

Celebrating a Quarter Century of Conservation

Remember middle school science class? That’s when we learned about forest succession – the process by which forests are created from nothing and grow to be […]
December 13, 2016

$65,000 Raised during #GivingTuesdayCLT!

Thank you to everyone who gave during this year’s #GivingTuesdayCLT campaign! With your help, CLC raised over $65,000 that will go towards saving land and connecting […]
May 12, 2016

Catawba Lands Conservancy Awarded a 2016 Women’s Impact Fund Grant

Catawba Lands Conservancy Awarded a 2016 Women’s Impact Fund Grant Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) received a $74,000 grant from the Women’s Impact Fund […]
April 28, 2016

June 4: Community Bash for National Trails Day and Land Trust Day in McAdenville

It’s two times the celebration! Catawba Lands Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail is throwing a community bash in honor of  National Trails Day and Land Trust Day! […]
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