BRC News

Blue Ridge Conservancy’s Walter Clark stepping down as executive director

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Since 2008, Walter Clark has led a grassroots effort to conserve mountain landscapes in the High Country as the executive director of the local land trust, Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC).  In June, Clark will be officially stepping down from his post as BRC reaches a milestone in 2017: 20,000 acres of land protected. Prior to this position Clark was the Executive Director of Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust (BRRLT) where he was instrumental in overseeing the merger of BRRLT with […]

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Blue Ridge Conservancy Gets the Gift of Land Just in Time for the Holidays


Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) received an early Christmas gift from the Logan family in early December.  Jane Logan donated 72 acres along the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Cascades Falls Overlook to BRC.  Located in Ashe County, this property will contribute to the connectivity of protected lands in the area, benefiting the public by preserving vistas and promoting healthy waterways.  Connecting large, undeveloped tracts of land has positive impacts on wildlife habitat and water quality. This property is home to […]

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Blue Ridge Parkway Scenic Vistas Protected with the Expansion of Doughton Park


Alleghany County: Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) jointly purchased a 103-acre property along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County.  The land borders the Parkway and Doughton Park for approximately 4,000 feet, and features both scenic vistas and important wildlife habitat. This section of the Parkway was cut into the north side of Bluff Mountain where ice coats the rocks above the road, thus giving this area the name “Ice Rock.” The Ice […]

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Appalachian Mountain Brewery Sponsors “Zombie Fun Run” on November 12 to Benefit the Middle Fork Greenway


Have you heard Blue Ridge Conservancy has been infected by a zombie outbreak at High Gravity Adventures in their efforts to construct the Middle Fork Greenway? Appalachian Mountain Brewery and the We Can So You Can Foundation are sponsoring the first ever AMB Zombie Run on November 12th where participants will run a fun, but scary obstacle course at High Gravity Adventures. The main objective is to complete the course without being tagged by a zombie.  The course is about […]

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$150,000 in Unexpected Grants To Go To Middle Fork Greenway, Other River Access

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From the High Country Press, 10/6/16: $150,000 in Unexpected Grants To Go To Middle Fork Greenway, Other River Access This week, the Watauga County Board of Commissioners authorized Planning Director Joe Furman to work out the details of $150,000 in unexpected appropriations from the state that are earmarked for the Middle Fork Greenway project and a river access. Furman said the $100,000 is for the Middle Fork Greenway and $50,000 is expected to be for an access project along the Watauga […]

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Blue Ridge Conservancy Protects 88 Acres on Harmon Knob for Tater Hill Bog Preserve


Blue Ridge Conservancy purchased an 88 acre property on Harmon Knob with intentions to expand the Tater Hill Bog Preserve.  This acquisition follows 30 acres BRC recently added to the Tater Hill Bog.  Harmon Knob is a large, broad, highly visible mountain located southeast of Potato Hill in Watauga County.  The property, purchased from Billy and Rosalea Proffitt, is located within the Potato Hill Bog, Rich Mountain Bald, and Harmon Knob Natural Area, as designated by the North Carolina Natural […]

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Middle Fork Greenway now 12 linear acres closer to connecting towns of Boone and Blowing Rock

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Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) has completed its purchase of a 12-acre land tract approximately two-thirds of a mile along the Middle Fork of the South Fork New River, enabling an extension of the existing Middle Fork Greenway and the connection of two existing pocket parks.  The land purchase will also help to provide a vegetated buffer to protect the water quality of nearby streams feeding into the Middle Fork New River, the main water supply for both Boone and Blowing […]

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State to Fund Middle Fork Greenway Bridge


BLOWING ROCK —At an event hosted by Blue Ridge Conservancy and Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce, NC Department of Transportation Board Member Jim Palermo announced a $145,000 grant to local land trust, Blue Ridge Conservancy, to build a bridge along the Middle Fork Greenway.  The grant is from the McCrory Administration’s Department of Transportation statewide contingency fund. Approximately 6.5 miles in length, the Middle Fork Greenway (MFG) is a developing pedestrian and cycling greenway trail that will follow the Middle Fork and […]

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179 acres acquired along Blue Ridge Parkway

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The Conservation Trust for North Carolina and Blue Ridge Conservancy on July 19 jointly purchased a 179-acre property along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Ashe County. The Cranberry Creek tract in the purchase shares nearly 1.2 miles of boundary with the Blue Ridge Parkway and is considered a high priority conservation area by the National Park Service. The property purchased includes mixed hardwood forests and pine stands, offering scenic views from the parkway. It adjoins the parkway from mileposts 249.7 […]

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Register for the 2016 Stick Boy Mayview Madness 5k & Blue Ridge Pediatrics 1 Mile Kids Fun Run


The 17th annual Stick Boy Bread Company Mayview Madness 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, September 3rd 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. To register online, follow this link: Or pick up a paper race registration form at Stick Boy Bakery or Stick Boy Kitchen. The proceeds from this annual event benefit the Blue Ridge Conservancy, which works […]

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