About CMLC

CMLC's protection area--which includes Henderson and Transylvania and parts of Buncombe, Rutherford, Polk and Jackson counties--host some of the world's most beautiful, ancient mountains and historic rural landscapes. We all treasure and hold dear the natural features, the forested wilderness, rolling farmlands and precious waterways. These are the places we call home.

Tragically, drastic and irreversible change faces our region's landscape. Each year, 140,000 acres--more than 400 acres each day-- of working farms, forests and other natural areas are lost to unplanned development in North Carolina. In the past 20 years, 52% of cropland in rural North Carolina mountain counties has been lost to developm