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January 25, 2012

The Howey Farm is Conserved in Union County

A 118-acre soy, corn and wheat production farm in central Union County – conserved on Dec. 30, 2011, by Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) – will be […]
January 21, 2012


Across North Carolina, birds like the Grasshopper Sparrow and Northern Bobwhite are being impacted by loss of habitat, and as a result, sightings are not as […]
December 21, 2011

Carolina Thread Trail to hold Community Meetings in Belmont, Shelby

The City of Belmont is providing its residents and the public with an update on the planning process and presenting alignment recommendations for a new public […]
December 7, 2011

CLC and The Thread in the News: Listen or Watch

Listen to the WFAE interview. – Watch the News 14 interview. Tom Okel, executive director of the Catawba Lands Conservancy; Ann Browning, project director for the […]
November 30, 2011

Catawba Lands Conservancy: 20 Years of Land Conservation

Twenty years ago, Mary McDaniel fought to convince people to notice the beauty and significance of Mountain Island Lake. That effort has preserved drinking water for […]
November 21, 2011

Let’s vote for Jennifer Pharr Davis!

Vote for Jennifer Pharr Davis and help her become National Geographic Magazine’s “Adventurer of the Year.” You can click here to vote: http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/2012/vote/. Votes can be […]
November 21, 2011

Give Your Change to REI to Help The Thread

Starting now through Dec. 25, REI customers will be asked to donate money to the Carolina Thread Trail (CTT or The Thread) as part of the […]
October 26, 2011

Local Artist to Host Fundraiser to Benefit the Conservancy

The public is invited to “Conservation Canvases,” an art show hosted by Heidi Kirschner Fine Art. The show will celebrate Catawba Lands Conservancy’s 20th anniversary of […]
August 15, 2011

Farmland to be protected in Union County

News 14 Carolina recently aired a story on farmland protection in Union County.  Reporter Sarah Pisciuneri interviewed the Conservancy’s Associate Director RoxAnne Smith and landowner Frank […]
April 21, 2011


Each year, our goal at Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is to advance our mission to save land and connect lives to nature. By doing so, we […]
March 24, 2011

The preservation of Mountain Creek

In late 2010, Catawba County and Catawba Lands Conservancy successfully completed the permanent conservation of Mountain Creek. Kitty Barnes and Mary George tell the story here […]
March 7, 2011

NatureFest 2011 Hikes

Thanks for your interest our hikes offered at Redlair NatureFest 2011! For this year’s NatureFest celebration on Saturday, April 30, we are offering a wide variety […]
February 22, 2011

McAlpine Creek Clean Up at Newcombe Preserve

The Conservancy’s Sean Bloom led a group of volunteers to clean up McAlpine Creek at Newcombe Preserve. Here are some great photos of their work and […]
December 10, 2010

Learn more about Catawba Lands Conservancy

This informational video about Catawba Lands Conservancy shares the perspectives of several landowners and supporters that are part of our collective effort to save significant, natural […]
November 30, 2010

Drawn to the Woods – Dr. Jim Matthews

As part of our ongoing series, “We Speak for the Land,” Dr. Jim Matthews talks about Catawba Wildflower Glen, the first property conserved by Catawba Lands […]
November 30, 2010

Nature is Key to Neighborhood Revitalization – Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols, Executive Director for Lakewood Community Development Corporation, shares his experience working with Catawba Lands Conservancy and how access to nature in an urban setting […]
November 30, 2010

A Tree to Call Home – Dr. Rob Bierregaard

Dr. Rob Bierregaard has studied Barred Owls in Charlotte for more than 10 years. In this video from Catawba Lands Conservancy’s “We Speak for the Land” […]
November 8, 2010

Yoga Matters to benefit Lakewood’s ‘preserve-in-progress’

Yoga for Life/Centered Wellness is hosting a yoga class to benefit the future Lakewood Preserve as part of its Yoga Matters series. When: Friday, January 7, […]
November 8, 2010

Stanley Creek Forest Monitoring Visit

On Saturday, November 6, our Stewardship Director Sharon Wilson led a team of volunteers on a monitoring visit to Stanley Creek Forest to document the current […]
October 15, 2010

Carolina Thread Trail Dedication at Pharr Yarns Preserve

On Saturday, October 9, McAdenville community leaders hosted a dedication for the newly-constructed segment of the Carolina Thread Trail on the Pharr Yarns Preserve. Approximately 200 […]
September 28, 2010

Trail Work Day at Pharr Yarns Preserve – September 2010

On Saturday, September 25, staff from the Conservancy and the Carolina Thread Trail led 45 volunteers to improve and clear a new, two mile natural surface […]
September 28, 2010

Carolina Thread Trail Dedication at Pharr Yarns Preserve

As part of the McAdenville 60th Annual Community Day celebration, community leaders are hosting a dedication event for the newly-constructed segment of the Carolina Thread Trail […]
September 19, 2010

FarmFest at Redlair Farm & Forest

Saturday, October 2 · 4:00pm – 11:00pm Don’t miss FarmFest, a celebration of local food and music at conserved property Redlair Farm and Forest. The Conservancy’s […]
September 19, 2010

FarmFest at Redlair Farm & Forest

Saturday, October 2 · 4:00pm – 11:00pm Don’t miss FarmFest, a celebration of local food and music at conserved property Redlair Farm and Forest. The Conservancy’s […]
September 2, 2010

A Commitment To Forever – Jean Woods

Jean Woods, a long time stewardship volunteer for Catawba Lands Conservancy, shares her story and explains why its so important to “speak for the land.”
September 2, 2010

This Farm Will Endure – Gerald Frye

Gerald and Leslie Frye are about to finalize a conservation easement on their 206-acre farm spanning Lincoln and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina. Gerald shares his […]
July 2, 2010

Mineral Springs Greenway “Sneak Peek”

July 2, 2010

Mineral Springs Greenway "Sneak Peek"

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July 2, 2010

Leadership Charlotte work day for Earth Day 2010

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July 1, 2010

Inaugural “Race For The Land” Half Marathon and 8K

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