In partnership with N.C. State Parks, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and the N.C. chapter of The Nature Conservancy, we helped secure a combination of grants from North Carolina’s natural resource trust funds, a special $5 million state appropriation, and more than $1 million in private donations to forever protect the threatened expanse in an unprecedented victory for conservation in North Carolina. The Morganton Watershed was added to South Mountains State Park and the Rollins Tract formed the core of the South Mountains State Game Lands.


Land Protection Record

Tract Designation County Acres
Henry Fork Watershed South Mountains State Park Burke 5,285
Rollins Tract, South Mountains Gamelands NC Wildlife Resources Commission Rutherford, Cleveland, McDowell 17,829
Boles Donation McDowell 34