OVER 54,000 ACRES PROTECTED

OVER 54,000 ACRES PROTECTED

Forever and for the benefit of all.

Website Photography by Danny Buxton.

Total Acres Conserved Since 1995
Local Farms Protected
Acres Transferred To Public Ownership
Acres Owned & Stewarded By Us

RECENT PROJECTS

*IN PROGRESS

NEWS

Foothills Conservancy hosts guided hike at Sank Gap property near Old Fort

On Saturday, February 17, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina will host a hike at its Sank Gap property in McDowell County, led by the conservancy’s land protection director, Tom Kenney. Now part of Foothills Conservancy’s Catawba Headwaters Preserve near Old Fort, the tract’s 259 acres include source streams of Little Crooked Creek, Sank Gap, and […]

Five Beautiful (and Free!) Places to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Wracking your brain for unique and low-cost Valentine’s Day ideas? Consider the gift of quality time in nature’s beauty! Our region has so many wonderful, easily accessible outdoor wonders with activities for all ages and ability levels. From beautiful scenic overlooks off the Blue Ridge Parkway, to hikes short and long, the public lands in […]

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation Awards $35,000 Grant to the Catawba-Wateree Clean Water Initiative

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina received a $35,000 grant from Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to fund the continuation of the Catawba-Wateree Clean Water Initiative. The Catawba-Wateree Clean Water Initiative was formed in 2013 by Foothills Conservancy, Catawba Lands Conservancy, and The Conservation Fund to identify and protect watershed lands and forests throughout the Catawba-Wateree River […]

OUR TEAM

ANDREW KOTA

ANDREW KOTA

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

BETH WILLARD-PATTON

BETH WILLARD-PATTON

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

TOM KENNEY

TOM KENNEY

LAND PROTECTION DIRECTOR

RYAN SPARKS

RYAN SPARKS

CONSERVATION ASSOCIATE

ISAAC CROUCH

ISAAC CROUCH

OFFICE & FINANCE ADMINISTRATOR

SOPHIE SHELTON

SOPHIE SHELTON

COMMUNICATIONS & OUTREACH ASSOCIATE

ABOUT

Vision

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina is a nationally-accredited, 8-county regional land trust that protects the fabric and character of western NC's landscape forever and for the benefit of all. We conserve the rich agricultural, forestry, scenic, and recreational heritage of this place and support the mutual success of viable farms, productive forests, thriving wildlife, healthy watersheds, and the tourism-based economy.

Contact Info

  •   (828) 437-9930
  •   (828) 437-9912
  •   P.O. Box 3023
    135 1/2 W Union St.
    Morganton, NC 28680
  •   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