On January 23, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina and North Carolina State Parks completed the first land purchase, about 1,500 acres, for the new Bobs Creek State Natural Area in southeastern McDowell County. Located just over three miles from the Town of Marion, the new state natural area will eventually be open for public hiking and other passive recreation uses. Learn more…

The mountain landscapes of western North Carolina remind us of our heritage, rich culture, beautiful scenery, and abundant opportunities for outdoor recreation. But these are just a few reasons we must protect our mountains. Learn more…

Fresh water is an increasingly critical natural resource, and its protection is central to Foothills Conservancy’s mission of land conservation. Learn more…

North Carolina’s diverse agriculture industry is the backbone of the state’s economy, adding $32.1 billion and employing 120,000 people in 2009. Learn more…

There are many ways to enjoy the beauty of our natural world here in the foothills of North Carolina. Learn more…

While many protected lands are transferred to public ownership, Foothills Conservancy holds and maintains some properties known as preserves. Learn more…