Protecting the Places You Love

For over 20 years, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) has helped save the places you love – streams, forests, farms, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, parks, and trails – forever.

CTNC works with interested landowners, mountain land trusts, and government agencies to permanently protect spectacular properties along the Blue Ridge Parkway. In 1996, the Governor’s “Year of the Mountains” Commission asked that CTNC lead and coordinate efforts to preserve the Blue Ridge Parkway, a national treasure and economic engine for western North Carolina.  Since then, we have protected 32,464 acres in 57 locations and have transferred 29 properties totaling 3,831 acres to the National Park Service or other government agencies for public enjoyment.

CTNC concentrates its land and water protection projects in areas with significant natural, cultural and scenic value that adjoin existing protected lands, and often provide easy access to public trails. To target limited resources, we created a sophisticated computerized conservation plan that identifies the most important properties to protect within two miles of the Parkway, based on scenic views, water quality, wildlife habitat and threat of development.


IMG_6637-LCTNC shares this data with other land trusts that work with landowners along the Parkway – Blue Ridge Conservancy, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Piedmont Land Conservancy, Mainspring Conservation Trust, and Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy – as well as with the National Park Service and state conservation agencies to maximize the effectiveness of our partnerships.

See a map of CTNC protected properties and read about some of our biggest successes.