BRC News

Blue Ridge Conservancy Secures Watauga River Access Site at Guy Ford Road

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A small group of passionate paddlers took an ambitious dream and made it reality.  Their determination, organization, and patience created a unique opportunity for Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) to purchase a 2.3-acre river access area on the Watauga River at Guy Ford Road in Sugar Grove. Blue Ridge Conservancy was able to complete the purchase, below appraised value, through strategic partnerships and community support.  The property is located between two existing river access sites; one known as Watauga Gorge Park, […]

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Watauga River Partners Receives Stream Conservation Grant for Beaverdam Creek


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Watauga River Partners, a chapter of Blue Ridge Conservancy, a non-profit based in Boone, NC has received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) to improve conditions on Beaverdam Creek in western Watauga County. The group received $192,500 to assist landowners with stabilizing and planting creek banks, installing rain gardens, as well as providing alternate watering sources, fencing and cattle crossings. Landowners provide money, equipment, and/or labor as their contribution to the project. The funding source […]

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Historic farmland to provide expanded community conservation opportunities in Valle Crucis 

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Blue Ridge Conservancy received a generous donation of 21.7 acres of farmland located within the Valle Crucis Historic District along NC Scenic Byway 194. Thanks to the generosity of John and Faye Cooper, longtime residents, conservationists and owners of Mast General Store, this scenic property will forever remain as agricultural and recreational land along Dutch Creek and the Watauga River. The conserved land, rich in history and scenic beauty, is adjacent to the original Mast General Store and Valle Crucis […]

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Blue Ridge Conservancy receives $2.5 million for land protection in the High Country

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Dec. 30, 2015 – Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) plans to hit the ground running in 2016 with a compilation of significant land protection projects totaling over $2,500,000. 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. With the help of private partnerships, $1,500,000 in matching funds were generated to leverage three awards from Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF).  […]

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Middle Fork Greenway Seeks Project Director

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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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Blue Ridge Conservancy supports Historic Lansing Creeper Trail Park

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Blue Ridge Conservancy supports Historic Lansing Creeper Trail Park December 9, 2015 Lansing, NC: The vision to expand Lansing’s Historic Creeper Trail Park in northwest North Carolina is one step closer to reality with a $45,000 gift from local land trust, Blue Ridge Conservancy. 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 Town of Lansing has already received a $500,000 grant from the North […]

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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 http://www.hcpress.com/news/middle-fork-greenway-group-to-leverage-grants-purchase-12-acres-along-new-river.html   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

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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 http://www.hcpress.com/news/pond-mountain-games-lands-expand-to-2900-acres-of-multi-use-recreation-access.html 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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