1998 – 2004

Working with an array of public and private partners, the conservancy secured broad public and political support at the local, state, and national level and raised more than $25 million in federal, state, and private funds to protect almost 9,000 acres around Lake James and the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area from development for thousands of home sites.

Subsequently, Lake James State Park was expanded by almost 3,000 acres and 30 miles of public shoreline, and lands below the Linville Gorge Wilderness Area were acquired for a new state game land and Pisgah National Forest.


Land Protection Record


Tract Designation County Acres
Broughton/Cleark Creek Watershed South Mountains State Park Burke 2,532
Linville River Pisgah National Forest Burke 607
Black Bear Pisgah National Forest McDowell 2,896
Linville Falls Area Blue Ridge Parkway Burke 41
Pisgah/Linville Gameland NC Wildlife Resources Commission Burke 1,425
Creston I Conservation Easement McDowell 136
Bovender Farm I Agricultural Conservation Easement Rutherford 305
Lone Mountain, South Mountains Gamelands NC Wildlife Resources Commission Rutherford 1,245