About CMLC

CMLC's protection area--which includes Henderson and Transylvania and parts of Buncombe, Rutherford, Polk, and Jackson counties--hosts 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 development, the fastest rate of decline in the state. In 2007, there were 14 developing subdivisions between Hendersonville and Chimney Rock. In Henderson County nearly 2,700 acres of green space was approved for new development in just the first few months of 2007 alone.

Conserving and preserving land is in the interest of everyone. CMLC's staff, board, volunteers, supporters and advocates work tirelessly to establish and enhance conservation opportunities and incentives for landowners, thereby offsetting the threat of poorly planned development and land management. As neighbors serving neighbors, we care just as you do about preserving the natural character and wonder of our mountain homes.

Time is running out. We hope you will seriously consider joining and supporting us. We need your help to protect the special places that remain.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

is a local nonprofit organization creating a regional network of permanently protected farm, forest, and natural land. CMLC...

  • Protects forested wilderness, working farms, clean drinking water, trout streams, wildlife habitat and sweeping views

  • Partners with private landowners, community visionaries, and estate management professionals, to conserve land and maximize financial benefits through the use of voluntary land protection agreements, land donations and purchases

  • Monitors protected properties to ensure that the conservation values of the land are forever maintained

  • Provides technical resources that help landowners tailor conservation easements that suit individual needs

  • Raises awareness about the importance of land conservation for future generations

Nearly 27,000 acres of farm, forest, and natural lands in more than 150 projects are under CMLC's care. This has been made possible through generous donations of time and money from CMLC members, landowners, local businesses, and community visionaries like you.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy Strategic Plan 2015-2019

Click here or on the picture above to download a copy of our Strategic Plan

Standing at the Edge: The History of Saving Worlds Edge

Watch the remarkable story of how Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and a small group of dedicated land conservation enthusiasts rallied for the permanent protection of the 1,568 acre tract known as Worlds Edge--the first tract of land acquired to establish what has since become North Carolina's Chimney Rock State Park. This film was made possible by a grant from the Blue Ridge Natural Heritage Area.

Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy - Fletcher Park Greenway

Watch how the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy's ongoing efforts expand greenways in Western North Carolina. As a nonprofit organization, CMLC is "actively working to promote the importance of greenways, both from a pragmatic standpoint, as well as highlighting the recreational opportunities they can create."

Video from Vimeo.com: Land of Sky Media - Eric Crews

How to Save Your Place

Have you ever wondered what a land conservancy does, or if your property would be eligible for a conservation easement? This is the story of one family, their small farm in the mountains of western North Carolina, and how the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy helped them protect it for the future.

Shot and edited by Will and Deni McIntyre, macfoto.com.

Music written and performed by Jon Hinthorne.


Be A Part of Our Mission

Our region is rich in natural features, but we must work quickly to safeguard them. Join us in shaping a future for our region that ensures our local rural character is saved for future generations.  Look under our "Get Involved" menu to discover all the ways you can help us save the places you love!


In 2008,Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy became the first landtrust in North Carolina to earn accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. Our accreditation was renewed in 2013. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The accreditation seal lets the public know that "the accredited land trust has undergone an extensive, external review of the governance and management of its organization and the systems and policies it uses to protect land.”

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