Local Land Trust in Charlotte, NC | Catawba Lands Conservancy

Who We Are

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust – a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. We are dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature.

Our six-county land protection area includes Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties.

CLC permanently conserves over 190 properties, totaling nearly 17,000 acres of land. That land includes farmland, ecologically rich lands to protect wildlife habitat and local drinking water, and land to provide the public with a direct connection to explore the natural world around them.

CLC’s Conservation Vision 2030 establishes efforts to conserve 50,000 acres of land by 2030. Through generous donations, grants, private and public funding, we are and will be able to preserve our region’s history and a healthy, natural environment for future generations.

CLC is also the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail. The Thread Trail is a 15-county, two-state initiative designed to inspire and facilitate the creation and development of a regional network of trails, blueways and conservation  corridors that will link more than 2.3 million citizens. Today, over 250 miles trail and 90 miles of blueway are open to the public.

CLC is a nationally accredited land trust by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission which ensures that land trusts ethically and effectively use public and private funding to save land.


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Photo: Hagans Forest by Nancy Pierce