We are Conserving Carolina

We protect wonderful places for nature and people! We have helped to protect more than 44,000 acres—from the waterfalls of DuPont State Forest, to the rock faces of Hickory Nut Gorge, to the farms and rivers that provide us with food and water. These places have the power to change lives. Whether you're a passionate hiker or mountain biker, a retiree looking for ways to give back to the community, or a parent who wants your child to experience the wonders of nature, we invite you to explore these special places and get involved with Conserving Carolina. Become a member, come to an event, or volunteer!

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Habitat at Home: Recycling Your Christmas Tree

Still have your Christmas tree laying around? Recycle it in your own backyard! Using a live Christmas tree during the holidays is great – they smell wonderful, it is fun to pick them out, and you don’t have to store it in the off season. [...]


Polk County’s Most Wanted – Eastern Woodrat

Have you seen Eastern Woodrat? In a joint effort to expand the knowledge and understanding of the flora and fauna of Polk County, Conserving Carolina and botanist/ecologist David Campbell need your help in locating this month’s “Polk County’s Most Wanted—Animal,” Southern Appalachian Eastern Woodrat (Neotoma [...]


The Snowy Forest

An Episcopal oblate and Zen meditator explores “forest bathing.”   Two days after the heavy snows in December, Mattie Decker was without power at the top of a steep uncleared drive, on a mountain in Bat Cave. Her kitchen counters were loaded with groceries, a [...]


Making a Real Difference


Total Acres Conserved in Western NC and Upstate SC

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Total Miles of Trails Developed


Total Acres Treated for Non-native, Invasive Plants in 2017

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Upcoming Events


Speaker Series: Pesky Plants! Non-Native and Invasive Species

Max Howes will speak about common invasive plant species in the area, how to identify these plants in the wild, and ways to remove and eradicate them. Landrum Library


Trails Crew Workday

Join the Rock Crushers!


Tryon Lot Workday

Help Max with this volunteer opportunity on the land!


Your Dollars at Work


Provides one environmental education program for a community partner such as the Boys & Girls Club

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Helps to build and maintain one mile of trail

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Treats one acre of land for non-native, invasive plants

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