2017 Timelines: History

In 2017, Foothills Conservancy permanently conserved it’s most acreage in one year since 2007 with 12 projects in five counties. The conservancy worked with landowners to place conservation easements on four different properties, including two family farms. The conservancy also expanded the Catawba Headwaters Preserve with a significant victory in the acquisition of Sank Gap (pictured), a priority tract of land. South Mountains State Park and Game Lands also gained over 1,000 acres through a partnership with The Conservation Fund, Open Space Institute, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, NC State Parks, and NC Wildlife Resources Commission.


Land Protection Record


Tract Designation County Acres
Smith Cliffs Access Smith Cliffs/Henry Fork River Preserve Burke 26
Hipp Creek (partnership with The Conservation Fund) South Mountains State Park Burke 844
Ivy Creek II (partnership with The Conservation Fund) South Mountains State Park Burke 215
Tim’s Creek Agricultural Conservation Easement Burke 184
Wilson Ridge United States Forest Service Caldwell 32
Clover Hill Farm Agricultural Conservation Easement Cleveland 192
Camp Grier Conservation Easement McDowell 203
Sheila Adams II Catawba Headwaters Preserve McDowell 49
Sank Gap Catawba Headwaters Preserve McDowell 259
Wildacres Retreat Conservation Easement McDowell 1,076
Koone, Broad River Conservation Easement Rutherford 81