The effort to purchase the 385-acre Linville Lake James tract and permanently protect the last remaining undeveloped shoreline tract on the Linville Arm of Lake James, has made significant progress, but still needs support to ensure its success. The conservancy has an option to purchase the property in two phases by 2019. Phase one is the 228 acres that adjoin a new park in Burke County and, across N.C. Highway 126, the Pisgah Game Lands. 2017 saw two major steps forward: Foothills Conservancy was awarded a $1.2 million grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and North Carolina State Parks secured $1.2 million from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund. Foothills Conservancy has also been successful raising a significant amount through private foundation grants and contributions, but there is still additional private support needed. The conservancy hopes to complete phase one in 2018 so that it can then turn its attention to phase two—the remaining 157 acres—before the option to purchase expires in 2019.

If you are interested in supporting the Linville Lake James project, please contact Beth Willard-Patton at or 828-437-9930.