Blue Ridge Conservancy has permanently protected 16,300 acres of land in 177 places throughout northwestern NC. 12,300 acres are protected by conservation easement in 130 places and 4,000 acres are protected by fee simple acquisition in 47 places.
Blue Ridge Conservancy works in seven counties in northwest North Carolina. To date BRC has protected:[list style=”check”]
- Alleghany County: 3,394 Acres
- Ashe County: 4,440 Acres
- Avery County: 652 Acres
- Mitchell County: 199 Acres
- Watauga County: 3,717 Acres
- Wilkes County: 3,416 Acres
- Yancey County: 482 Acres
Blue Ridge Conservancy partners with private farmland owners to voluntarily protect working and productive farms. Conservation easements allow farmers to continue working their land while ensuring it remains farmland…forever. These farms remain in private ownership, can be sold, passed to heirs and remain on county tax rolls.
Blue Ridge Conservancy partners with State agencies to expand the public’s access to land with significant recreational, cultural and ecological value.
Public partners include State Parks, Wildlife Resources Commission, Plant Conservation Program, Cultural Resources, National Park Service, Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and Clean Water Management Trust Fund.
Through these partnerships Blue Ridge Conservancy has:[list style=”check”]
- Created Bear Paw State Natural Area
- Created Beech Creek Bog State Natural Area
- Created Bullhead Mountain State Natural Area
- Created Pond Mountain Game Lands
- Expanded Blue Ridge Parkway lands
- Expanded Elk Knob State Park
- Expanded Tater Hill Bog Preserve
- Expanded Three Top Mountain Game Lands[/list]