Restoring Forney Creek | Catawba Lands Conservancy

Restoring Forney Creek

Image of creek with rocks and fall leaves in the water, bordered by hardwood trees. The Conservancy is improving water quality in Forney Creek.


The Catawba Lands Conservancy has been working to restore the health of Forney Creek for nearly 15 years. The first property the Conservancy protected along Forney Creek was Sally’s Y Preserve, which was conserved in 2007. The Conservancy has found opportunities over the last decade to protect additional properties along the stream, with the goal of improving water quality, and now conserves over 300 acres of land within the Upper Forney Creek watershed. The Conservancy also provides access to nature on the property via the Forney Creek Trail, which is the Carolina Thread Trail segment located on the site. Now that the property has been conserved, we wanted to take a watershed approach to improving water quality in Forney Creek, starting with the upper portion near the headwaters.

We hope you will take a few minutes to learn about Forney Creek and the work to improve its health and water quality by looking through the StoryMap below. You’ll read about why the stream is struggling now and what we plan to do to help it, as well as a close-up look at images and video of the creek.

Photo by Nancy Pierce. Video by Kim Brattain Media.