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Middle Fork Greenway Group To Leverage Grants, Purchase 12 Acres Along New River

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PUBLISHED in the HIGH COUNTRY PRESS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2015 AT 9:54 AM   The Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) initiative took a significant leap forward with the announcement today of a donation from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) and the award of a grant from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF). “Our support of the Middle Fork Greenway project ties directly to our mission of making life better for everyone living in our state,” […]

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BRC Joins #GivingTuesday Movement

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Blue Ridge Conservancy Joins #GivingTuesday Movement Contributions Save the Places People Love, Strengthen Land Conservation Blue Ridge Conservancy has joined the #GivingTuesday movement, a national day of spending with a purpose.  BRC is a private, non-profit organization with the mission of working with landowners and local communities to permanently protect land and water resources with agricultural, ecological, cultural, recreational and scenic value. Taking place Dec. 1, #GivingTuesday comes on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday to create a […]

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Middle Fork Greenway seeks Project Director


The Middle Fork Greenway Project Director oversees all elements of the planning and implementation of the Middle Fork Greenway. This includes supporting the MFG Executive Committee and MFG Task Force, cultivating beneficial relationships with local governments and community organizations, raising private and public capital and securing easements and right of way for the greenway. The Project Director reports to the Blue Ridge Conservancy Executive Director and works collaboratively with the MFG Executive Committee Chair, and BRC’s Land Protection, Development and […]

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Pond Mountain Game Lands Expand To 2,900 Acres of Multi-Use Recreation Access

Pond Mountain was named so for a reason.  Mark Johnston says there are as many as 14 ponds dotting the 1,800 acres.  ..Just before he died, Christmas tree farmer Dale Shepherd left his 1,800 acres (including the tree farm) on top of Pond Mountain to his employees, Mark Johnston and Chris Shumate. The property is both spectacular and valuable, and It wasn’t long before taxes threatened to hurl them into bankruptcy. Thanks to several acts of generosity and an interesting twist of fate, the land has been transferred to the NC Wildlife Resource Commission, and will slowly be converted from tree farm to a place that everyone can enjoy....(Photograph by Travis Dove)Enlarge

Photo by Travis Dove From the High Country Press PUBLISHED MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2015 AT 10:16 AM The Pond Mountain Game Lands now offers 2,900 acres of protected, accessible land for public use with a new acquisition by local non-profit, Blue Ridge Conservancy. The new acquisition consists of 97 acres located on the north slopes of Pond Mountain bordering Virginia. The headwaters of Big Horse Creek flow through the property and two small bogs are located in the cleared areas. […]

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Middle Fork Greenway awarded $171,300 grant


From the Blowing Rocket: Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2015 6:00 am By Anna Oakes BLOWING ROCK — No tricks — just a treat — for the Middle Fork Greenway project on Oct. 30, when Gov. Pat McCrory’s office announced a $171,300 grant to Blowing Rock to help construct the next 1,935-foot section of the trail. The Middle Fork Greenway is a developing 6.5-mile pedestrian and cycling greenway trail along the Middle Fork of the South Fork New River and […]

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November 7 is BRC student membership night at Appalachian Mountain Brewery


On Saturday all Blue Ridge Conservancy student members receive 15% off at Appalachian Mountain Brewery! Please join us and support BRC. Thank you to the amazing team of App State students who organized this fundraiser!    

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View and purchase images from the 2015 Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k and Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine 1 Mile Kids Fun Run


Hi there runners, First of all, thank you for participating in the 2015 Mayview Madness as your effort helps protect land in our region! Click on this link to view the photos: Go to a gallery and click view “All” and double click a preview image to enlarge it and scroll through, or click “back to thumbnails” for gallery view. Navigate further back to the “collection” to get back to all galleries. To purchase prints, products, and digital downloads […]

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Stick Boy Mayview Madness Race Packet Pick-Up and Event Details

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The 2015 Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K returns to the High Country for its 16th year this Saturday, Sept. 19. With the Blue Ridge Mountain vistas and cooling air temperatures, it will make for a great morning event in Blowing Rock. Along with the 5K run, there will also be a 1-mile fun run for kids sponsored by Blue Ridge Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine. Run the race and enjoy post-race celebrations after crossing the finish line at Bistro Roca. Runners […]

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Register for the 2015 Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5K and Blue Ridge Pediatric One Mile Kids Fun Run

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It’s time to gear up for the 16th Annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run and Kids 1-Mile Fun Run. Held on some of the most beautiful roads in the High Country, you will be sure to enjoy the breathtaking views through the town of Blowing Rock. After the race, hang out at Bistro Roca Restaurant to refuel with snacks and attend the awards ceremony. Blue Ridge Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine will once again be sponsoring the 1 […]

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BRC assists the Town of Lansing to secure $282,500 grant from Clean Water Management Trust Fund


The Town of Lansing in Ashe County has been awarded a $282,500 grant from North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) to expand the Historic Lansing Creeper Trail.  BRC assisted the town in securing the grant by helping write and update the grant application.  The existing Lansing Park sits on the historic Virginia Carolina railroad bed and features a half-mile section of walking trail and entertainment stage.  The CWMTF grant, combined with other grants to the Town, will allow […]

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