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April 3, 2024

Native blooms to view this spring

Spring weather means more people are getting out in nature…and it means native plants are back in bloom! Here are a few species to keep an […]
April 3, 2024

Donor Profile: Legacy Gift to Benefit the Carolina Thread Trail

Danny Myers was a modern day Renaissance man—his life was full of adventure, hard work, and reinvention. Over his 79 years, he had several careers, including […]
April 3, 2024

Green Places: Restoring Pockets of Nature in Charlotte

If you drive through the Biddleville or Greenville neighborhoods of Charlotte, you probably won’t notice the quiet, unassuming little parcels of undeveloped property scattered throughout. These […]
April 3, 2024

Check out our Spring Newsletter and 2023 Annual Report!

Our spring newsletter issue has arrived! Click the image below to see the full issue and learn about the work we are doing to advance conservation […]
March 1, 2024

Governor’s Executive Order will expand environmental protections in NC

In a historic moment that promises to shape the future of environmental conservation in North Carolina, Governor Cooper recently issued Executive Order No. 305, which will […]
February 14, 2024

Climate Conversations exhibit will benefit Carolina Thread Trail

Celebrate Earth Day beautifully & thoughtfully with a visit to an interactive art exhibit. Wil Bosbyshell manages to make the vast climate challenges we face personal […]
February 8, 2024

Easement Agreement Will Bring Public Trails To Spencer Mountain

Gaston County, N.C. – Outdoor enthusiasts will soon have an iconic hiking destination to complement Crowders Mountain, thanks to a trail easement agreement between Catawba Lands […]
January 29, 2024

How Are We Using Prescribed Fire?

We are entering prescribed burn season for our area, which runs from February to April. We hope to conduct five burns on conserved land in 2024. […]
January 26, 2024

Meet our Marketing Intern!

Hello everyone! My name is Kate Wilken and I just started as the Marketing Intern for the Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail. I am […]
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
Photo: South Fork Rail Trail

Trails Less Traveled: Hidden Gems on the Carolina Thread Trail

Looking for somewhere to explore that’s a little off-the-beaten-track? Check out these lesser-known segments of the Carolina Thread Trail.
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


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 […]
October 2, 2023

3 Adventures to Try This Fall

A Tree (& Pumpkin) Lover’s Paradise: Pharr Family Preserve Trail Hardwood forests and wildlife abound at Pharr Family Preserve in Midland, NC. Sycamores, black walnuts, cottonwoods […]
October 2, 2023

Leaving a Legacy: Landowners in Mecklenburg County work with Conservancy to Make an Impact

In the Carolina Piedmont, a region growing faster than you can say “Bojangles chicken biscuit,” it can sometimes feel like there is hardly any open space […]
October 2, 2023

Falcon Trail Takes Flight in Stanly County

Expanding the Carolina Thread Trail in rural communities takes a different approach than in urban centers. Even though the Village of Misenheimer is tiny (only 650 […]
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 […]
July 18, 2023

Conservancy team assists with study of giant salamanders

Monday, July 10, marked the beginning of hellbender week: five days in the North Carolina mountains, with the sole purpose of finding North America’s largest salamanders. […]
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. […]
May 1, 2023

Trail Power: Economic study shows how trails benefit communities

For trail users and supporters, it’s no secret that access to the outdoors brings many benefits. Better health for users of course, but also positive economic […]
April 10, 2023

Springtime wonders

Our field team are always stumbling upon new and wondrous finds when they’re out on properties. Here are just a few of the springtime discoveries they’ve […]
April 5, 2023

Historic farm protected in Mecklenburg County

We’re excited to kick off Earth Month by announcing that we have conserved 11 acres in western Mecklenburg County, between the US National Whitewater Center and […]
April 3, 2023
Photo: Forney Creek Conservation Area by Nancy Pierce

Advancing Forney Creek Restoration

An impaired stream in Lincoln County is one big step closer to being restored, with an acquisition that provides protection on both sides of the stream. […]
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 […]
March 7, 2023

Committed to Conserving North Carolina’s Future

North Carolinians love the outdoors. Visitation to NC State Parks increased to 22,800,000 in 2021 – 3,000,000 more than in 2020. Outdoor recreation contributes over $10 […]
March 1, 2023

Our Spring Newsletter and 2022 Annual Report are here!

Check out what’s been happening at the Conservancy and Thread Trail in our spring newsletter and Annual Report.    
October 27, 2022

One Year Later: Schweinitz’s Sunflowers at Buffalo Creek Preserve

In the fall of 2021 we planted 800 endangered Schweinitz’s sunflower seedlings at Buffalo Creek Preserve, establishing the first recovery site for the plant in North […]
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 […]