Blue Ridge Conservancy Expands Tater Hill Bog Preserve

Blue Ridge Conservancy (BRC) extends the borders of the ecologically rare Tater Hill Bog Preserve with a recent purchase of 82 acres on Harmon Knob.  This acquisition follows 88 acres BRC purchased in 2016 as part of this multiyear project.  Harmon Knob is a large, broad, highly visible mountain located southeast of Potato Hill in Watauga County.

The Tater Hill Bog Preserve is 1,200 acre rare mountain bog ecosystem, home to an array of endangered and threatened plant species and natural communities, and contains the headwaters of Howard Creek and Meat Camp Creek, both excellent water resources. 

Nikki Bauman
BRC seeks to fill the position of Executive Director

BRC seeks to fill the position of Executive Director, a full-time post that reports to the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees and is responsible for all operations of BRC, including the development and implementation of BRC’s Strategic Plan.  Working with a strong volunteer board and dedicated staff, the Executive Director helps shape the future of the organization, ensuring compliance with the standards and practices of The Land Trust Alliance (LTA).  Responsibilities include administration and coordination of all programs and activities of the organization including land protection, membership development, fundraising, community relations and financial management.

Nikki Bauman
Two-mile Peak Mountain Trail proposed in Seven Devils

In a town council meeting on Feb. 14, the town of Seven Devils authorized a pre-application for a Recreation Trails Program Grant for the new Peak Mountain Trail.

“The town council has great vision for creating and preserving more green areas in and around the town of Seven Devils,” said Debbie Powers, town manager.

The town worked with Blue Ridge Conservancy — who acquired the 245 acres of Peak Mountain in April 2016 thanks to a donation from Fred and Alice Stanback — to develop the plan for the proposed trail and apply for the grant.

Nikki Bauman