Map of Protected Properties
CTNC has partnered with landowners, land trusts and government agencies to protect more than 32,000 acres of natural open spaces along the Blue Ridge Parkway. CTNC and other mountain land trusts are constantly searching for more high priority properties and working with interested landowners to protect them. Our efforts are guided by a GIS-based conservation plan and maps that ensure we focus our resources efficiently on the most critical lands to conserve. These protection efforts are saving dramatic mountain vistas, historically and culturally significant areas, working farms, wildlife habitat, and drinking water sources along this fragile ribbon of parkland in North Carolina.
Highlighted Success Stories
Waynesville Watershed, Haywood County – In 2005 CTNC, along with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, signed a conservation agreement with the Town of Waynesville to preserve the town’s 8,030-acre watershed. Other partners include the Mainspring Conservation Trust, Western Carolina University, the NC Division of Water Quality, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The agreement safeguards the town’s clean drinking water supply, protects the area’s unique wildlife habitat, and preserves stunning views from the Blue Ridge Parkway between mileposts 430 and 440. This watershed achieves the highest quality ranking the state can assign a drinking water source and it is part of an area nationally recognized for its diverse wildlife habitat.
Asheville Watershed, Buncombe County – The city of Asheville donated a conservation easement covering 17,543 acres to CTNC in 1996. It remains the largest single property CTNC has protected. Water quality protection is critical for this property, as it provides drinking water for the city of Asheville. The property encompasses nationally significant forest ecosystems and nearly 15 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway corridor. Elevations range from 3,500 feet to nearly 6,000 feet. The conservation easement protects magnificent panoramic views over the watershed from the Parkway at a number of overlooks, south from Mt. Mitchell to the Craggy Pinnacle and Gardens along mileposts 335.3 to 370.3. In 2012, CTNC and the Asheville City Council reached agreement on a set of amendments to the easement that strengthens protections for water quality, forest health, scenic views, and wildlife habitat.
The Orchard at Altapass
The Orchard at Altapass, McDowell County – CTNC, CSX railroad, and the state of North Carolina worked for six years to place a conservation agreement on 1,488 acres of CSX property adjacent to the Orchard at Altapass. Our efforts protected spectacular views from several overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the adjacent Orchard, and part of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, which played a key role in the colonies’ victory in the Revolutionary War.
CTNC also worked with the owners of the orchard itself to place a protective conservation agreement on the property. The 125-acre orchard is now completely protected and CTNC has protected over 3,500 acres of land in the immediate area.The easement enables the land to continue to thrive as an apple orchard, community market and cultural destination.