Amazing Views and Stories

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Our Mission

Our mission is to protect, restore, and inspire appreciation of the natural world.


Where We Work

We serve part of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. In North Carolina, our region includes Polk, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties, and parts of Rutherford and other surrounding counties. In South Carolina, we serve the Landrum area, including parts of Greenville and Spartanburg Counties.

We’ve protected over 48,000 acres in this region. See a map of protected lands. 

Indigenous Homelands

The land where we work is the homeland of the Cherokee, the Yuchi, and the Catawba people. We offer our deep gratitude to the land itself, for so many gifts, and we offer our respect to the people who have long cared for this land.

Our Achievements

We’ve been able to achieve a lot so far, with the support of people like you! Here are some highlights from almost 30 years protecting land and water, for nature and people. Help us keep conservation going strong in our part of the Carolinas.

DuPont State Forest by Mark File
High Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest. Photo by Mark File.

Our History: Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy

Conserving Carolina was formed in 2017 by the merger of two local land trusts with deep roots in our communities—Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy.

The two land trusts served overlapping areas. Pacolet Area Conservancy was founded in 1989, with a focus on the Southeast portion of our current region. Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, which served the North Carolina portion of our current region, was founded in 1994 as the Natural Heritage Trust of Henderson County.

After partnering successfully on several conservation projects, the two land trusts decided to join forces, combining our expertise, talents, and resources in order to strengthen our impact.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy worked together to protect Little White Oak Mountain in Polk County, creating places for hiking, biking, hunting, and more.