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December 28, 2023

221 Acres Protected in Last Week of 2023

Projects contribute to local agriculture, water protection, wildlife habitat, and historical preservation CHARLOTTE, NC – In the last week of December, Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) worked […]
December 22, 2023

16 Acres in Troutman near Lake Norman State Park Protected

Troutman, N.C. – In early December, landowners Jane and Layton Getsinger donated a conservation easement to Catawba Lands Conservancy to permanently protects the 16-acre fields and […]
November 16, 2023

NEWLY CONSERVED LAND IN DALLAS, NC WILL PROTECT WATER QUALITY, PROVIDE HABITAT FOR RARE NATIVE TREE

Gaston County, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy has just permanently protected 6 acres in Dallas, N.C., increasing protections for two streams which flow into the South […]
November 9, 2023

NC budget includes funding increases for conservation, trails

“North Carolina is growing fast, and this funding is absolutely essential to protect land and water for future generations,” said Tim Gestwicki, Chief Executive Officer of […]
October 2, 2023

Podcast Roundup: Check out these podcasts that have featured CLC and CTT

Over the years, the Conservancy and Thread Trail have been invited to be guests on a number of podcasts to discuss conservation and trails. Check out […]
September 9, 2023

Conservancy works with local artist to design new stickers

Heidi Nisbett grew up in South Carolina, surrounded by all the incredible natural places we have here in the Carolinas. But it wasn’t until she adopted […]
June 8, 2023

New federal law will reduce conservation easement fraud

On December 29, 2022, the Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act (the Act) was signed into law in order to address fraudulent practices around conservation easements. […]
April 3, 2023

Carolina Thread Trail awards $634,000 for trail projects to 7 partners

We just announced our newest round of implementation grant awards! All seven of these communities are taking steps forward in the process of expanding trails, and […]
September 28, 2022

Catawba Lands Conservancy awarded $1.1 million in state grants

Projects will provide critical water quality and native species protection Charlotte, N.C. – The Catawba Lands Conservancy has been awarded $1,142,000 in grant funding from the […]
September 28, 2022

Smaller properties, big wins

The Conservancy has protected three new properties so far in 2022! The 31-acre McCorkle-Howie Conservation Easement is in Union County. The Deal and Freeman-Holcomb Conservation Easements […]
August 1, 2022

Keeping History Alive: Mitchem family preserves farmland through two conservation easements

For Wayne Mitchem, farming is a way of life and an important aspect of his family’s history. He is part of the fifth generation to maintain […]
July 20, 2022

If You Build It They Will Come: Outdoor Recreation to Revitalize Town of Great Falls

Nestled along the banks of the Catawba River in Chester County, South Carolina, lies the small town of Great Falls. The tranquil water landscape lends itself […]
July 14, 2022

Our Spring newsletter and 2021 Annual Report has arrived

Our spring newsletter and 2021 Annual Report is here! Click below to view the issue online, or view the pdf version here. Photo by Grant Baldwin.
July 14, 2022

NC makes increased funding for conservation permanent

Thank you to North Carolina’s governor and legislators for passing a budget that prioritizes land and water conservation. Funding of $48.4 million to the state’s conservation […]
May 23, 2022

Invest in Conservation for North Carolina’s Future

Our state’s conservation needs are not one-and-done. That’s why we and our fellow members of the Land for Tomorrow coalition are working with state leaders to […]
March 7, 2022

GRASSLANDS PROJECT HELPS IMPERILED PLANTS AND WILDLIFE Thrive

Project establishes first protected site in Cabarrus County for endangered sunflower Charlotte, N.C. – Native grasslands that once thrived across the Piedmont are making a comeback […]
December 17, 2021

Planting Hope in the Piedmont

It’s a warm, dry day in October, and about a dozen volunteers and staff for the Conservancy are out in the middle of a brush-covered field, […]
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

Celebrate the outdoors at National Trails Day

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
November 3, 2020

Catawba Lands Conservancy protects two new properties

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 […]
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 15, 2020

7 trails for fall colors within 50 minutes of Charlotte

(Reprinted from Charlotte Agenda) By: Symphony Weber Peak fall color is expected to happen around mid-October, so now’s the time to hit the trails, feel the […]
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 […]
August 12, 2020

Catawba Lands Conservancy adds 87 acres of protected land along Forney Creek

Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy has just protected 87 acres of land along Forney Creek near the Town of Denver in Lincoln County. The official […]
May 13, 2020

Catawba Lands Conservancy protects 60 acres in Mountain Island Lake watershed

Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy has conserved 60 acres of land adjacent to the Gar Creek Nature Preserve in Mecklenburg County. The official name of […]
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. […]
April 3, 2020

Nature and your mental health

Research showing the connection between outdoor spaces and our mental health has multiplied over the past several decades. It’s something we all know but easily forget: […]
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