OVER 54,000 ACRES PROTECTED

OVER 54,000 ACRES PROTECTED

Forever and for the benefit of all.
Total Acres Conserved Since 1995
Local Farms Protected
Acres Transferred To Public Ownership
Acres Owned & Stewarded By Us

RECENT PROJECTS

*IN PROGRESS

NEWS

Wildacres Project Featured in Saving Land Magazine

Wildacres Retreat is a place close to the hearts of many conservationists in Western North Carolina for decades. Foothills Conservancy is honored to be part of the permanent protection of this historic site, partnering with Conservation Trust for North Carolina to place conservation easements on the property. Identifying areas of high climate resiliency such as […]

Foothills Conservancy adds 77 acres to Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve in Burke County

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina recently acquired 77 acres of land for permanent protection and addition to the conservancy’s Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve in Burke County. Landowner Tim Sweeney donated the property to Foothills Conservancy, along with a generous contribution to cover stewardship costs associated with the project. Conservation Trust for North Carolina also […]

OUR TEAM

ANDREW KOTA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BETH WILLARD-PATTON

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

TOM KENNEY

LAND PROTECTION DIRECTOR

RYAN SPARKS

CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE

ISAAC CROUCH

OFFICE & FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR

SOPHIE SHELTON

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Mission

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is a nationally accredited regional land trust that protects the fabric and character of Western North Carolina’s landscape forever and for the benefit of all.

We preserve the natural and cultural heritage of our region by conserving scenic and recreational landscapes, productive farms and forests, healthy watersheds, rich biodiversity, and vital wildlife habitat.

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Foothills Conservancy serves eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, and Rutherford, in three major river basins, which include the Broad, Catawba, and Yadkin.

Contact Info

  •   (828) 437-9930
  •   (828) 437-9912
  •   P.O. Box 3023
    Morganton, NC 28680 (mailing)
  •   135 1/2 W Union St.
    Morganton, NC 28680 (physical)
  •   info@foothillsconservancy.org
We’re fortunate to have land trusts like Foothills Conservancy who work tirelessly to save places we all love in North Carolina. They ensure our state’s most valuable assets will be protected forever.
Philip Blumenthal

Philip Blumenthal

Wildacres Retreat Owner
It is gratifying to know that the natural beauty of this place that we love so much will be preserved through our partnership with Foothills Conservancy, and that it will remain a habitat for native plants and wildlife. We encourage other landowners to consider placing their property in a conservation easement to protect their land in perpetuity.
Diane Geitner

Diane Geitner

Conservation Easement Landowner
We wanted to protect our land from development for farming, wildlife, and water quality. We thank Foothills Conservancy for helping us preserve our family's heritage and farmland.
NANCY MONTGOMERY

NANCY MONTGOMERY

Conservation Easement Landowner