Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, a nationally accredited regional land trust, is dedicated to working cooperatively with landowners, communities, and public and private conservation partners to preserve and protect important natural areas and open spaces of the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills, including watersheds, environmentally significant habitats, and forests and farmland, for this and future generations. Foothills Conservancy, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit, serves eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell, and Rutherford and the upper basins of three major rivers: the Broad, Catawba, and Yadkin.



Based in Morganton, we are governed by board members and led by staff who all live within our region. Our success is based on broad, bi-partisan grassroots support by people throughout our region and beyond who are committed to the preservation of the places we all love for the benefit and enjoyment of all. People from near and far are drawn to our region by iconic places like the Linville Gorge and Lake James, the South Mountains, Catawba Falls, Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and National Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek. Supported by people like you, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina strives to ensure these special places have a future.


Since our founding in 1995, Foothills Conservancy has permanently protected more than 54,000 acres – more than 84 square miles!

We work with private landowners to achieve permanent conservation for our region’s farms and productive forests with conservation agreements that often carry attractive conservation tax benefits.

In addition, we own and manage several Foothills Conservancy “preserves”, most notably, our Catawba Headwaters Preserve near Old Fort.

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