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We need YOU to preserve them for generations to come!      
Heaven is under our feet as well as over our heads.
                                               Henry David Thoreau
NC Nature Conservancy

The local office is : Mountains District Cullipher Street # M-1, Saluda, NC 28773Phone: (828)
749-1700 Fax: (828) 749-1698. Do join us and Volunteer!  
[email protected],  
TNC is a leading international, nonprofit organization that preserves plants, animals and natural communities representing the diversity of life
on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. The North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and its 23,500
members have protected more than 577,000 acres in the Tar Heel state. For more information, contact the NC Chapter office at
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is working to create a regional network of permanently protected farm, forest, parks, natural lands and water resources
in Henderson, Transylvania and neighboring parts of Buncombe, Jackson and Rutherford counties.  CMLC has protected over 16,500 acres of land since
1994 through the use of voluntary conservation agreements, land donations and purchases.  Working with a number of conservation partners, CMLC has
helped to acquire over 1,800 acres to date for addition to Chimney Rock State Park, including the nationally-significant World’s Edge property.  CMLC also
owns and manages the 600-acre Florence Nature Preserve in Gerton and helps to administer the Upper Broad River Watershed Protection Program.  www.

Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina

The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, a regional land trust, is dedicated to working cooperatively with landowners and public and
private conservation partners to preserve and protect important natural areas and open spaces of the Blue Ridge Foothills region, including
watersheds, environmentally significant habitats, forests and farmland, for this and future generations. The Conservancy, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit,
serves eight counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln, McDowell and Rutherford.In March 2000, FCNC placed 114
acres of the Carpenter family's Broad River farm under conservation easement.
In 2005, we acquired 235 acres of the
Carpenter family's Broad River farm to establish the River Bend Boundary Preserve

Environmental and Conservation Organization ( ECO)

ECO is dedicated to preserving the natural heritage of Henderson County and the mountain region through EDUCATION, RECREATION,
SERVICE, and CIVIC ACTION. Our guiding statement is . . . Take care of your own backyard. Seeking to think globally and act locally, we
work to preserve and protect our streams and wetlands, wildlife and natural habitats, air, and trees - the environment that sustains us all. This
is what we study and enjoy . . . Our finances and Our energy are used to impact where we live. We believe we are all stewards of the land and,
thus, of the future.

Upper Broad River Watershed Protection Program

    Dedicated to the conservation and protection of soil and water resources in the communities of the Upper Broad River Watershed.
    Each year, several thousand tons of sediment continues to be deposited into the streams and tributaries that make up the Upper
    Broad River watershed. This sediment degrades the water quality of Our trout streams and lakes, impairs aquatic life, reduces
    individual’s property values and inflates the cost of removal. Through grant support from sources such as NC Clean Water
    Management Trust Fund, NC’s Section 319 Non-Point Source Program, as well as Henderson, Buncombe and Rutherford Counties,
    UBRWPP has provided assistance for numerous property owners and partners throughout the watershed region to reduce the impacts
    of erosion. UBRWPP provides on-site technical assistance to landowners by identifying erosion sources, creates a site specific
    conservation plan with erosion control measures, and works in conjunction with a grading contractor that is selected by the landowner
    to oversee proper installation of the erosion control measures.

The Friends of the Hickory Nut Gorge!

Our Purpose is to advocate for the natural beauty, the biodiversity and wildlife habitat, and the ecological health and integrity of Hickory Nut

Volunteer Trail Builders and Maintainers

The Parks and Recreation Board is looking for a few good people to assist in building and maintaining a series of new trails in the town.
These trails will range from wide paths suitable for walking, bicycling and wheelchairs through more strenuous hiking on steep slopes.    If
you are interested in participating, please contact Chairman Ed Dittmer at 625-8529
The Parks and Recreation Board

Looking for a few good people to assist in building and maintaining a series of new trails in the town. These trails will range from wide
paths suitable for walking, bicycling and wheelchairs through more strenuous hiking on steep slopes. If you are interested in participating,
please contact Chairman Ed Dittmer at 625-8529 or Town Manager Chuck Place at 625-9983, Ext 0.
The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation  

A team of people from W.A.V.E.  has started an endowment for the Hickory Nut Gorge - Gerton,  Bat Cave,  Chimney Rock,   Lake Lure,   
and Bill's Creek.   All gifts to the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation remain intact,  continue to grow and become an everlasting resource for
the community.   The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation is a component fun of the Western North Carolina Community Foundation. Volunteers
for Board level participation are currently being sought for representation from Bill's Creek,  Gerton,   Chimney Rock,   and Bat Cave.   
Donations are fully deductible. Donations can be made to the Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation.    Should be sent to the Western  NC
Community Foundation,   Suite 1600,   The BB&T Building,   One West Pack Square,   Asheville,  NC 28801 Contact Jim Dunn on
625-5157 for info information:  j
[email protected]. If you have a special group, please let us know by e-mailing us
North Carolina Chapter of the Sierra Club,112 S. Blount Street ,Raleigh, NC 27601

919-833-8467 (Voice) / 919-833-8460 (Fax) ,[email protected]