BRC News

Blue Ridge Conservancy protects 1.3 miles of scenic ridgeline along Highway 105 corridor

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“The health of the eye seems to demand a horizon. We are never tired, so long as we can see far enough.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nature.” The horizon seems endless from the vistas of the High Country. The panoramic views of nearby mountains including Grandfather, Beech, Roan, Table Rock, and Hawksbill, as well as views of the distant Black Mountains including Mt. Mitchell, the highest peak in the east, never cease to inspire and amaze.  For over twenty years Blue […]

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Blue Ridge Conservancy Announces Wendy Patoprsty as New Project Director for the Middle Fork Greenway

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Blue Ridge Conservancy is pleased to welcome Wendy Patoprsty to the team as the new, full-time Project Director for the Middle Fork Greenway. Wendy moved to Watauga County in 2000 after receiving a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture from the University of Georgia.  She started with Watauga County Cooperative Extension in 2001 as a grant funded Water Quality Technician and was hired as a Natural Resource Extension Agent in 2003.  In this position Wendy collaborated in community development projects including […]

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Donor Spotlight: Lee Carter & Greg Bradley: “Middle Fork of the New River Greenway”

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Lee Carter and Greg Bradley first bought a home in Blowing Rock 23 years ago on a southeastern ridge of Grandfather Mountain and have promoted and supported the preservation of its natural beauty ever since. Over the years, they have added additional parcels of land to complete their 17 acres tract, and, have recently completed their new dream home there. The property has 90 mile vistas to the south across the Pisgah Forest to Charlotte, to the East overlooking Julian […]

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Blue Ridge Conservancy preserves 518 acres on Sugar Mountain

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  Newland, NC:  Camp Lutherock, located on the southwestern slope of Sugar Mountain in Avery County, is permanently protected for its natural resources and scenic beauty after a decade long collaborative effort by Blue Ridge Conservancy, North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and NovusWay Ministries. The 5,200 foot peak of Sugar Mountain provides a panoramic view of all nearby mountains including Grandfather, Beech, Roan, Table Rock, and Hawksbill, as well as views of the distant Black Mountains including Mt. […]

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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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