Blue Ridge Conservancy Renews National Recognition

Blue Ridge Conservancy achieved land trust accreditation renewal from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

“Blue Ridge Conservancy’s accredited status demonstrates our commitment to permanent land conservation that benefits the entire community,” said Charlie Brady, BRC’s Executive Director. “Due largely to our staff’s expertise and professionalism, the Land Trust Accreditation Commission has awarded BRC a renewal of our Certificate of Accreditation. Accreditation is the highest national distinction for land conservancies. It is only awarded to organizations that exemplify standards of excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure conservation achievements are permanently protected.”

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Nikki Robinson
Blue Ridge Conservancy protects key tract of Grandfather Mountain ridgeline; transfers ownership to NC State Parks

Two years ago Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) acquired some of the most significant land on Grandfather Mountain in order to ensure the protection of the entire ridgeline. This October BRC transferred ownership of the 211 acres to Grandfather Mountain State Park.  North Carolina State Parks considers this land ‘critical’ in its acquisition plans and now it will be managed by Grandfather Mountain State Park. 

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$542,000 secured for Middle Fork Greenway development thanks to local businesses and state grant

The Town of Blowing Rock officially proclaimed the month of July as “Middle Fork Greenway Month,” and the activities ensued certainly lived up to its name. An unprecedented number of businesses worked together to raise money in support of constructing the next section of greenway trail that will eventually connect the towns of Blowing Rock and Boone with a pedestrian and bicycle friendly alternate route that benefits residents, visitors, and businesses of Watauga County.


The Round Up for the Middle Fork Greenway rallied support with a first-ever community-wide fundraiser by 118 businesses throughout the county. Businesses participated by asking their customers to round up their purchase to the next dollar or give to a donation jar. Some businesses gave a percentage of their sales for the month or gave a one time donation. The collective effort raised $112,000 and counting as donations continue to come in.

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Nikki Robinson