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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

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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 […]
January 2, 2019

2018: A Year of Wins for Conservation and Trails

Take a look back on all of the work that was been done in 2018 to conserve land in our region, protect our quality of life […]
December 19, 2018

Winter 2018 Newsletter

Didn’t get our newsletter in your mailbox? No worries — you can read the whole issue online!
November 16, 2018

Lakewood Farm Share

Novant Health grant brings fresh, healthy food to Lakewood community Eating an abundance of colorful fruits and vegetables is essential to ensure lasting health. Yet for […]
November 5, 2018

Conservation Easement Secured for 339 Acres in Union County to Offset Harm from Monroe Bypass

MARSHVILLE, NC-  The Yadkin Riverkeeper, a nonprofit conservation group represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, in partnership with Catawba Lands Conservancy, today announced the purchase […]
October 4, 2018

Fall 2018 Newsletter – Available NOW!

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September 19, 2018

THE RIVER AND US: Six friends explore the Rocky and Pee Dee Blueways

Story and photos by Nancy Pierce I’m drawn back time and again to rivers because of this: they change with seasons and storms yet stay dependable […]
July 26, 2018
Photo: Buffalo Creek Preserve by Nancy Pierce

No Filter: Nancy Pierce, CLC’s outspoken volunteer photographer

Nancy Pierce became a photographer accidentally. But she’s a conservationist on purpose. She studied news writing at the University of Minnesota Journalism School and got an internship after […]
July 12, 2018

Catawba Lands Conservancy and U.S. National Whitewater Center Partner to Protect 193 Acres in Northwest Charlotte

Conservation project a win for water quality and local trails  Charlotte, N.C. – Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) and the U.S. National Whitewater Center (USNWC) have partnered […]
May 3, 2018

2017 Annual Report is available now!

 From saving the bog turtles in Jane’s Meadow Bog to the affects of the Thread Trail is small communities like those in Stanly County —check out […]
April 19, 2018

Catawba Lands Conservancy to Protect More of a Region’s Rare Habitat

by Sean Bloom, Catawba Lands Conservancy’s GIS Director and Biologist This spring, in a small pocket of Gaston County, slime-covered creatures will emerge from the muck […]
March 21, 2018

The Story of Redlair

Haywood Rankin’s Gastonia homeplace has a past — and, thanks to him, a bright future. By Page Leggett Haywood Rankin’s life is inextricably linked to the Gaston […]
January 4, 2018

2017 Winter Newsletter

The Winter Newsletter is here! If you didn’t see it in your mailbox, don’t worry, you can now read it online. Winter stories include: How Redlair […]
January 1, 2018

5 Wins for Conservation and Trails in 2017

Thanks to all of our wonderful supporters, 2017 has been a tremendously successful year, from 429 acres of land protected to the 5 new Thread Trail segments […]
December 29, 2017

Rare Flowers of the Piedmont Savanna

Along roadsides and utility lines survive the relics of a largely forgotten habitat – the Piedmont savanna and prairie. Historical documents dating back to the 1540s […]
September 8, 2017

Found in the Field: Witch Hazel

(Hamamelis virginiana) Depending on whom you ask, this shrub is the first or last plant to bloom in our area. The bright yellow, spider-like flowers, which […]
July 27, 2017

City of Charlotte Collaboration Protects 131 Acres of Land

3 new conservation projects part of innovative collaboration to preserve tree canopy In July, we worked with the City of Charlotte’s Tree Canopy Preservation Program (TCPP) […]
June 6, 2017

Haywood Rankin Receives NC Land Trust Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award

The North Carolina Land Trust Council awarded Haywood Rankin its Lifetime Achievement Award in Hendersonville on May 24. Haywood Rankin has been the driving force in the protection […]
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