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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy helps landowners protect local land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As a local nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC is helping to create a regional network of more than 12,800 acres of protected farm, forest, park and natural lands in Henderson, Transylvania, and neighboring parts of Buncombe, Polk, Rutherford and Jackson counties.
Western North Carolina is blessed with a wealth of natural treasures -- from scenic mountains, to unique wildlife habitats, to historic rural landscapes. Our land has shaped our history and our character. Its beauty and its natural richness are what make our region such a special place to visit and to live.
This extraordinary landscape faces growing threats. Our mountain counties are experiencing unprecedented rates of growth. Thousands of acres of farm, forest and wetlands in our region are lost to sprawl each year. The rural character and scenic natural lands so important to our quality-of-life and economic security are endangered.
When it comes to safeguarding our special places, land trusts offer communities constructive, creative solutions. Since 1994 the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy, working cooperatively with landowners, has permanently protected some 12,800 acres of land in Henderson, Transylvania, and neighboring counties. To ensure the ongoing protection and stewardship of our important natural lands, we rely on voluntary support from our community.