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High Country Conservancy

Cone Old Growth (21 Acres) Boone, NC

 

Blue Ridge Conservancy purchased this 21-acre parcel of land just outside of Boone city limits. Part of a North Carolina Significant Natural Heritage Area, this land adjoins and provides a buffer for old-growth trees in the Moses Cone Memorial Park. The forested mountain slopes and rich coves of the land contain habitat for rare and species, including the saw-whet owl. The land also drains a tributary of Winkler's Creek upstream from Boone's drinking water intake point. In 2008, BRC donated the 21-acre tract to the Blue Ridge Parkway's Moses Cone Estate.

 

High Country Conservancy

Cone Old Growth II (39 acres), Watauga County, NC

 

Located adjacent to the Cone Old Growth I project, this 39-acre bargain sale conservation easement protects a mature hardwood forest, 990 feet of a stream, and is located adjacent to Moses H. Cone Memorial Park of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Town of Boone’s secondary drinking water supply.  HCC was assisted by the Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation Revolving Loan Fund.  Funding was also provided by Clean Water Management Trust Fund and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to cover transaction costs. A private donation was made to purchase the conservation easement.

 


 

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Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust

Tobin Tract (62 acres)

 

Paul and Judy Tobin of Ashe County have protected their family’s mostly wooded tracts over the course of several years and three separate conservation easements.  The most recent conservation easement permanently protected 62 acres.  This is a beautiful wooded tract with tremendous water resources that drain to Beaver Creek which flows to the South Fork New River.  The Tobins represent several years of dedication to land protection and the Clabough Foundation enabled Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust to assist them in achieving their goals.


 

Southern Environmental Law Center

Swain County, NC

 

$15,000 to fund the economic assessment of the North Shore Road. 

The Clabough grant funded the economist’s study and analysis needed to illustrate that the costs and benefits of a cash settlement to Swain county outweighed the benefits of building the North Shore Road through the Great Smokey Mountain National Park.

 

Press release: http://www.southernenvironment.org/newsroom/press_releases/north_shore_road_settlement/

 

Great clip about DJ on the case: http://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/words_docs/BRO_0907_DayintheLife.pdf

 


High Country Conservancy

Valle Crucis Conference Center Open Fields (73 Acres) Valle Crucis, NC

 

With funds raised from the USDA Farmland Protection Program, NC Natural Heritage Trust Fund, Helen and the Cannon Foundation, HCC purchased this conservation easement on the 73 acres of productive agricultural land located within the Valle Crucis Historic District. Valle Crucis Conference Center and the Episcopal diocese of Western NC donated half of the value of their Open Fields for a conservation easement. This conservation easement will provide permanent protection of scenic views along NC Scenic Byway 194 and will protect the historic, agricultural, and natural heritage values of the land.

 


 

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Sloop Family Dam and Powerhouse, Crossnore, NC

 

Blue Ridge Conservancy partnered with the Crossnore Community Enhancement, Inc. to develop a park plan centered on the historic Sloop Dam and Powerhouse along the Linville River.  The proposed park would be dedicated to telling the story of the pioneering Sloop family as told in the book, “Miracle in the Hills” by Mary Martin Sloop and Legette Blythe.  The park idea has not materialized but the motivation and dedication of BRC and the Crossnore Community is still alive.

 


 

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Avery Property (68 acres) Ashe County, NC

 

This tract of land is the newest addition to Elk Knob State Park, which now boasts almost 2,400 acres. Located within the Amphibolite Mountains, this area is known for its unique plant communities due to the rich soil and upper elevations and also protects many streams that are the headwaters for the New River. The land was purchased using grants from the N.C. Natural Heritage Trust Fund, the N.C. Park and Recreation Trust Fund, and a private donation

 


 

Southern Environmental Law Center

Watauga County, NC

 

$50,000 for Model for Managing Growth in Watauga County project.  Phases I and II

The Clabough Foundation funded the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Managing Growth Project to address some of the most critical challenges facing the region: growth and development.  SELC worked in a cross section of state and local laws and policies that address transportation, land use, natural resource protection, and numerous other issues.  In the first year, projects included assessing and documenting the situation, including mapping the area, evaluating models in other counties, and identifying elements that could translate to Watauga County, then conveying the information to citizens and community leaders.  In the second year we conducted a phone survey of 402 randomly selected Watauga County registered voters to learn about opinions on local development policies.  We also focused on educating people about the policy options being considered for Watauga County and the on-the-ground implications for each.  

 

Link to SELC’s maps of Watauga County landslide occurrences and hazard zones:

http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases/western_north_carolina_growth/maps/

 

Press release for the Watauga County survey results:

http://www.southernenvironment.org/newsroom/press_releases/watauga_county_survey/

 

The link to the survey results and analysis:

http://www.southernenvironment.org/uploads/fck/file/western%20north%20carolina%20growth/watauga%20survey%20results%204-27-09.pdf

 


High Country Conservancy

Bear Paw State Natural Area (325 acres), Watauga County, NC

 

One of two new State Natural Areas designated by the NC Legislature in 2008, Bear Paw will be managed by State Parks.  The area is located in the Nationally Significant Hanging Rock Ridge Natural Area and includes exemplary High Elevation Rocky Summit, High Elevation Red Oak Forests and North Hardwood Forest natural communities.  In addition to rare species the land is home to the headwaters of Dutch Creek.  Funding was provided by the Natural Heritage Trust Fund and by a private donation.  HCC received a bridge loan from The Conservation Fund and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation Revolving Loan Fund assisted with the transaction costs.

 


 

High Country Conservancy

Robinson Farm Conservation Easement (57 acres), Creston, Ashe County, NC

 

Located along Three Top Creek in Creston, the Robinson Farm is 57 acres of active farmland.  It is currently being used to graze cattle and grow hay.  The farm also has historic importance as the Worth House, built in the mid 1800’s, is located on it.  There is over 1,600 feet of stream frontage as well as a seep area that contains important and unique plant species.  HCC obtained a grant from the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund to cover transaction costs and from the Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation Revolving Loan Fund. 

 


 

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Oliver Hill Conservation Easement (97 acres), Matney, Watauga County, NC

 

This donated conservation easement encompasses 97 acres in Matney off of Oliver Hill Road.  It is within the viewshed of Scenic Byway 194 (Mission Crossing).  The property includes a highly visible knoll and a portion of an unnamed tributary to Craborchard Creek.  The easement allows for agricultural use of the open fields and restricts future residential development.  The Helen M. Clabough Charitable Foundation assisted with the use of their Revolving Loan Fund.

 


 

Southern Environmental Law Center

Watauga County, NC

 

$25,000 to sustain the SELC model growth project focused on Watauga County.   Phase III

Clabough Foundation gave continuation funding to the Southern Environmental Law Center on the managing growth project, during which SELC used the maps and survey results to pursue critical policy goals and be a resource as we move to implement the ordinances that are best for Watauga County. 

 

Learn more about this project: http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases/western_north_carolina_growth/

 

The conversations with the Watauga project led to increased level of engagement on growth issues in WNC.  Discussions around the county highlighted the need for better regional planning, which prompted SELC to lobby for the creation of the Mountain Resources Commission, which is tasked with coordinating multiple, ongoing local efforts to conserve water quality, wildlife habitat, native forests, scenic beauty and other natural resources in the mountain counties, and on whose technical advisory Council SELC Senior attorney DJ Gerken serves.  

 

Learn more about the MRC:  http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases/western_north_carolina_growth/updates/

 


 

Blue Ridge Conservancy

Matthew Black Tract, Alleghany County, NC

 

The Matthew Black Tract is approximately 50 acres of working forest, located in Alleghany County, North Carolina on the New River.  The Black family has a history of land protection in Alleghany County and Matthew’s tract is the latest of several.  This donated conservation will be recorded prior to the end of 2010 and will permanently protect this beautiful tract on the New River for the enjoyment of all generations that follow.

 


 

Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust

Greta Lee / Hugh Criswell Tract, Wilkes County, NC

 

Greta Lee and Hugh Criswell approached the former Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust Executive Director, James Coman III about land protection opportunities; specifically, regarding their beautiful 52.6 acre tract within view of Stone Mountain State Park.  Our staff met the landowners at the site to tour it with them.  The beauty of the tract is overwhelming and the conservation values lie in its location immediately on the East Prong of the Roaring River.  In addition to over 3,500 feet of protected stream banks, there is a beautiful waterfall that dramatically descends a steeply sloping stone surface before flowing to the Roaring River.  The tract is almost entirely wooded, and the owners prefer to keep it that way, ensuring protection of the stream in perpetuity.  The property also contains several rock outcroppings.

 


 

 

 

Photo by Kevin Knight

 

Foothills Conservancy

Wilson Creek, NC

 

The scenic Wilson Creek watershed – from Grandfather Mountain to the Johns River below Collettsville -- has been a Foothills Conservancy focus area since the inception of a water quality conservation plan by our organization in 2006.

 

Since then, working in partnership with the State of North Carolina, Caldwell County, and people who would “rather be on Wilson Creek”, the conservancy has protected more than six miles of this National Wild & Scenic River through public acquisitions and a private conservation easement. Foothills Conservancy’s focus spans the watershed as they continue to pursue land and water preservation opportunities from the headwaters near Grandfather Mountain and along the many miles of critically important tributary streams that drain pure, mountain water to Wilson Creek. Aligned with the Friends of Wilson Creek group, the Conservancy helped establish a long-term, deliberate water quality testing program that will analyze the effects of land use activities on Wilson Creek’s aquatic resources and habitat.

 

The Conservancy’s watershed conservation plan will continue to guide their public and private conservation efforts with interested and willing landowners for years to come.

 

Support during 2010 from the Clabough Foundation allowed Foothills Conservancy to continue this important work. Support from the Clabough Foundation has also enabled Foothills Conservancy to maintain their stewardship obligations and implement new projects in their persistent endeavor to preserve a natural gem of western North Carolina, National Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek.

 


 

Over a number of years the Clabough Foundation has supported both the Blue Ridge Rural Land Trust and the High Country Conservancy.  After the merger of the two groups in May 2010, a single organization known as the Blue Ridge Conservancy was brought into being.  Clabough Foundation provides a Revolving Fund for several of their land protection projects.  Clabough allows the Conservancy to borrow resources to cover "transactional costs" for closing a project.  These projects are usually Conservation Easements donated by a land owner.  Transactional costs can include surveys, Environmental Site Assessments, and Baseline Reports.  Many of these costs are eventually reimbursed to the Conservancy but having the ability to borrow funding up-front is a huge benefit in that it allows the Conservancy flexibility in moving projects forward.

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