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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As an effective nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands.
Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy as we know it today began with the quiet leadership and vision of Lela McBride. Coming to Hendersonville from rural Illinois in the mid 1980s, McBride was soon alarmed by how quickly natural areas were being lost to development.
Of course, she was not the only Hendersonville resident with this concern, and in 1991, McBride, along with the Hendersonville League of Women Voters, initiated the first-ever comprehensive inventory of Henderson County's natural areas.
The inventory was completed in 1994, and described land that was clearly worth protecting: rare mountain bogs,