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October 4, 2022

Our Fall 2022 newsletter has arrived!

The latest issue of our newsletter has just arrived! We can’t wait for you to catch up on the exciting things that have been happening here […]
September 29, 2022

Bird Banding Study Finds Home at Coley Preserve

Properties conserved by Catawba Lands Conservancy have long served as living laboratories, playing host to a variety of research projects. Previous studies hosted on Conservancy properties […]
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

MAKING MOUNTAIN CREEK PARK: NEW CATAWBA COUNTY PARK BUILT ON PARTNERSHIP

Along the shores of Lake Norman in Catawba County, N.C., the sounds of osprey, red-bellied woodpeckers and cicadas now mingle with the joyful squeals of children, […]
September 28, 2022

Fall Adventures Await on the Carolina Thread Trail!

Looking for fall colors? We recommend hitting the South Fork Rail Trail for some leaf peeping, then heading into Lincolnton for a slice at GoodWood Pizzeria, […]
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 24, 2022

Leave Your Legacy This Month

Did you know that August is National Make-a-Will Month? Even without a lot of assets, having a will can be a benefit to family and take […]
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.
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 29, 2021

2021 Year In Review

Catawba Lands Conservancy celebrated its 30th anniversary this year! Thanks to donors and partners like you, the Conservancy over three decades has protected more than 17,000 […]
December 27, 2021

Water Pressure

The Catawba-Wateree River Supplies 2 Million People with Water. For Now. Republished with permission from Foothills Conservancy’s Taproot Magazine The Catawba-Wateree River flows east from McDowell […]
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, […]
December 14, 2021

30 Years Strong: Celebrating Three Decades of Conservation and Determination

Sometimes great endeavors begin with commonsense notions. Mountain Island resident Mary McDaniel wanted to protect the quality of the drinking water around her community 30 years […]
December 14, 2021

Check Out Our Fall-Winter 2021 Newsletter

Our Fall-Winter 2021 newsletter is here! We are excited to share this special issue that celebrates the Conservancy’s 30th anniversary and shares more exciting updates about […]
June 28, 2021

Building trails that last – how we’re treading toward a more sustainable trail network

So you think you know about sustainability? We’re willing to bet that when you hear the word, trails aren’t what come to mind. Nevertheless, sustainability is […]
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

Carolina Thread Trail and City of Mount Holly to celebrate the outdoors with socially distanced National Trails Day event

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 […]
April 20, 2021

Exploring Redlair Preserve

As one of our Signature Conservation Areas, the Spencer Mountain Conservation Area is full of truly special habitats. Redlair Preserve is one of those unique gems. […]
April 6, 2021

Protecting and Preserving Nature for 30 Years

In 1991 a small group of activists and ecologists, led by local schoolteacher Mary McDaniel, fought to save a piece of land along Mountain Island Lake […]
March 22, 2021
Photo: The Fork by Debbie Russell

The ideal time to fund conservation is now

While 2020 saw many closures and restrictions due to the pandemic, one thing wasn’t restricted by COVID-19: the North Carolina outdoors. We saw a record-number of […]
March 16, 2021

Women’s History Month: One woman’s vision

Here at Catawba Lands Conservancy, we talk a lot about what we do. Like protecting land to protect water quality. However, it is also important to […]
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 […]
February 9, 2021

Our top trails and preserves for birding

Are you one of the many Carolinians who keep a bird feeder because you like to watch your backyard birds during the winter? Perhaps you just […]
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 […]
December 10, 2020

Seeds of hope for the Schweinitz’s sunflower

By: Adde Sharp Beautiful, tenacious, scarce; these are the defining characteristics of the endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower. A native species to the rapidly disappearing Piedmont Prairie, Schweinitz’s […]
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