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2014 Summer Fund Challenge

Your money will grow on trees this summer during Foothills Conservancy’s 2014 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge!

Hickory’s von Drehle Corporation and an anonymous supporter have generously pledged to match up to $30,000 in gifts to help us reach our 2014 Challenge goal of $60,000.  During the Challenge, your gift will double in value and help us save the places you love as well as the trees and fresh waters upon which all life depends.

Make your special gift before August 31 to qualify for the dollar-for-dollar match by these generous donors who, like you, want to protect North Carolina’s beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, foothills and the waters of the Broad, Catawba and Yadkin rivers.

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Battle of Cane Creek & Revolutionary War History Subject of Public Presentation

Archaeologist and historian, Ken Robinson, will give a public presentation on the Battle of Cane Creek, a Revolutionary War battle that took place in September of 1780 in what is today McDowell County, North Carolina. The talk—free and open to the public—will be held Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the McDowell County Public Library in Marion, North Carolina.

Please click below to find additional information about this presentation.

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Conservation Easement Donation Protects Muddy Creek Farm & Working Forestland

David and Betty Connelly turned their Muddy Creek farm into a haven for native wildlife and birds by managing the land for a range of uses and habitats after purchasing it as a get-away several decades ago.

Now, through their charitable gift of a conservation easement to Morganton-based Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, they have permanently protected 285 acres of their farm’s scenic fields and woodlands along South and North Muddy Creek and I-40 in McDowell County.

“David and Betty carefully struck a balance between providing benefits for their children and protecting the relative isolation and peace-and quiet that first attracted them to this land and place,” said Tom Kenney, Foothills Conservancy’s Land Protection Director.  

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Visions of the Blue Ridge Mountains


12 Notecards with envelopes $15

Just in time for holiday gifts and thank-you cards, Foothills Conservancy is offering a boxed set of 12 stunning photographs by Valdese photographer Danny Buxton. A North Carolina native, Danny captures and shares the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills through his landscape and nature photography.

Preview note cards & place your order here...

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