Conserving Carolina is made up of people who love our home in the mountains and foothills of Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina.

We love the way nature lights people up! So, we’re helping make sure that everyone has opportunities to get outside. We’re creating parks and preserves, building trails, leading field trips, and helping young people discover their connection to the great outdoors.

We’re inspired by the beauty of mountain vistas, rushing waterfalls, and rolling countryside. We’re working to make sure that coming generations—our children and grandchildren—will be able to experience these wonders too.

We live among some of the greatest biodiversity in the United States! We appreciate our connection with creatures from hellbender salamanders to monarch butterflies. And we love coming across so many unique wildflowers, animals, and birds. So, we’re helping to restore habitats where they can live.

We know we need people—all kinds of people—to help protect this incredible part of the world. The challenges we face are serious, but it’s a labor of love. Be a part of it!


Summer of Service members built a nature playground at the Child and Family Resource Center—and gave it a try.

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 45,000 acres in this region. See a map of protected lands. 

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. 

Going Strong

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.

Conserving Carolina has helped to protect beloved public lands including DuPont State Recreational Forest. Photo by Mark File of Romantic Asheville.

Our Mission

Conserving Carolina is dedicated to protecting and stewarding land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life and to fostering appreciation and understanding of the natural world.

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