Foothills Conservancy launches protection campaign

Chimney Rock, Hickory Nut Gorge included
Jul. 28, 2013 @ 05:50 AM

The Blue Ridge Mountains and foothills of North Carolina are like no other place in this world, said a spokesperson from the Foothills Conservancy as the group launches its Blue Ridge Foothills Challenge. 

 Since 1995, the conservancy's supporters have made a difference in the conservation projects that protect local agriculture, clean air and water in the eight counties, including Rutherford.

Now contributors have the chance to double their gifts to Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina during the 2013 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge. 

 Generous donors have pledged a total of $30,000 to help the conservancy raise $60,000 by August 31. 

Foothills Conservancy supporters play a lead role in helping protect rare and precious places such as Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge, National Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek and the Johns River, the Linville Gorge, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Catawba Falls, Lake James, the South and Brushy Mountains, rolling Foothills farmlands, the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and the headwaters of the Catawba, Broad and Yadkin Rivers.

The chance to turn each donation into double its worth will only last for a limited time, but the impact of each donation will last forever, reports Susie Hamrick Jones, executive director.

 Every donation will impact the conservation projects that are increasingly more difficult to fund.  

As the population continues to climb in North Carolina, pressure is put on the land. Only through conservation and support from community members can the areas be perserved.

The Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge is the prime opportunity to make all donated dollars stretch even further with matching funds brought by generous contributors who also believe that clean air and water are invaluable.

 By partnering with philanthropic community members, Foothills Conservancy has been able to permanently protect almost 47,000 acres and thousands of miles of streams and rivers across our beautiful region. These incredible places are protected for now and forever.  Donations go towards permanent protection, making a lasting difference in the quality of life in North Carolina. 

Foothills Conservancy is the nonprofit local land trust for eight Blue Ridge Foothills counties, including Rutherford; Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Cleveland, Lincoln and McDowell, which span the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the upper basins of the Broad, Catawba and Yadkin rivers. 

Gifts to Foothills Conservancy’s 2013 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge must be made by August 31 to apply to the match. Pledges may also be made by August 31 and fulfilled by December 31. 

Makes checks payable to Foothills Conservancy and mail to PO Box 3023, Morganton, NC 28680,or contribute on line at www.foothillsconservancy.org. Contact Lynn Allen at 437-9930.