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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 […]
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 […]
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 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. […]
April 6, 2020

Nature Care Package: 5 ways to connect to the outdoors

1. Read or listen to “The Peace of Wild Things” by Wendell Berry. When despair for the world grows in me and I wake in the […]
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: […]
April 1, 2020

Wondering in the woods

Catawba Lands Conservancy’s Program Coordinator reflects on how his relationship to the outdoors has changed throughout his life, and how he shares his sense of wonder […]
March 20, 2020

Embrace the outdoors

“After a day’s walk, everything has twice its usual value.” – G. M. Trevelyan We are in an extraordinary time, beyond what any of us has seen […]
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 […]
February 10, 2020

Catawba Lands Conservancy protects 27 acres on historic Bradford Farm

Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy recently worked with Grier and Kim Bradford to protect 26.58 acres of their historic family farm in Huntersville through a […]
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!
November 6, 2019

Elusive Bog Turtles Located on Protected Land 

In October, a biologist from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, volunteers with Project Bog Turtle and Catawba Lands Conservancy staff had the great pleasure to find […]
August 8, 2019

Stewardship is Forever

Closing on a piece of land CLC vows to protect in perpetuity is just the beginning. by Page Leggett (printed in Annual Report 2016) Stewardship resembles […]
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 10, 2019

2018 Annual Report

Read the latest edition of our newsletter!
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. […]
May 13, 2019

Stroupe Forest Preserve Protects 62 Acres in Gaston County

In the small community of Alexis located between Stanley and High Shoals in Gaston County lies 62.6 acres of property that has been in Stephen Stroupe’s […]
May 2, 2019

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice: Catawba Lands Conservancy Seeks Reaccreditation

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Catawba Lands Conservancy […]
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 […]
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