OUR MISSION: To protect and conserve natural resources in the Foothills of North Carolina and the Upstate of South Carolina, with emphasis on the lands and waterways with scenic, ecologic or agricultural significance in the North Pacolet and Green River watersheds.
THE VISION: A community living and growing in harmony with our natural heritage.
Welcome to the Pacolet Area Conservancy website!
Through the varied conservation tools at its disposal, the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) has helped protect nearly 8,700 acres of our area’s valuable natural resources. PAC holds conservation easements on 64 protected properties. PAC owns 25 properties. PAC is responsible for monitoring 72 easements annually, 7 of which are held by the state of North Carolina and one which is held by The Nature Conservancy. PAC is responsible for monitoring a total of 4,818 acres annually to make certain that the terms of the conservation agreements are upheld. The land trust also owns property covering over 440 acres.
In 2015, PAC helped four area landowners protect their lands with a voluntary Conservation Easement, protecting nearly 100 acres in Western NC/Upstate SC! These properties collectively protect important wooded and openspace habitat for native flora and fauna as well as providing watershed protection and riparian buffers to area streams, creeks, and rivers!
Thank You for making our 5th annual PACRun & 11th annual PACWalk a Huge Success!!
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS…
- April 29 - Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area, 6-miles, easy/moderate; trail type-out & back
- May 6 - Pisgah National Forest, 4.7-miles, easy/moderate; trail type-out & back
- May 13 – (RESCHEDULED) Eastatoe Creek Heritage Preserve, 3.8-miles, moderate/strenuous; trail type-out & back
PAC & Walnut Creek Preserve (WCP) Programs
Each month (except December), PAC & WCP will offer a Saturday morning program/presentation at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve. Programs are free of charge, open to all ages, and begin at 10:30 a.m. (more info. below)
PAC/WCP programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from Delores Lastinger.
NEW! PAC & Landrum Library Programs
In 2016, PAC will be offering free educational programs at the Landrum Library! Keep an eye on the schedule below for program dates, times, and details.
The PAC/Landrum Library programs are made possible thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation.
Upcoming Events at Walnut Creek Preserve & the Landrum Library in 2016!
April 30th – Joyce Pearsall will present “The Monarch Butterfly: Biology and Current Status” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
July 12 – Emily Walker, groups and education manager at Chimney Rock State Park will present “Animals of Appalachia” at the Landrum Library‘s Family Fun Night at 6:00 p.m.
July 23 – Jennie Giles and David Weintraub will present, “Come Hell or High Water – Remembering the 1916 Flood” at the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center at Walnut Creek Preserve at 10:30 a.m.
August 30 – naturalist, Tim Lee will present “Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi” at the Landrum Library at 6:00 p.m.
For more information about these programs, click on this link to go to the Upcoming Events page of this website.
At the Polk County Commissioners meeting on December 7, 2015, the Pacolet Area Conservancy (along with three others) received a Certificate of Recognition (Beautification Award) for the Native Plant/Butterfly Gardens that we created at the Polk County Library and the PAC office!
We are so grateful for this recognition from the county! These projects would not have been possible without the generosity of Loti Woods, who provided a grant for the projects, and the wonderful volunteers that have helped create and continue to maintain the gardens! Thank you!
Check out the new Polk County’s Most Wanted “pocket guides” for (1) Plants and for (2) Animals and Habitats!
Follow this link to download and print the pocket guides!
Stanback Volunteer Conservationist of the Year Award
Click here to read an article about North Carolina’s Local Land Trusts Annual Awards to Eleven Conservation Leaders.
Each fall, as conditions in the north become unfavorable, millions of Monarch butterflies migrate from the U.S. and Canada to overwintering sites in Mexico and California. As spring returns and conditions become more favorable, these butterflies return to their summer range in the north. North America’s Monarch migration is one of the greatest natural history spectacles on Earth, but these beautiful insects are threatened due to habitat loss in their summer breeding range.
Consequently, many non-governmental groups, including the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC), are encouraging their members, partners, and area residents to restore milkweed and native nectar-plant habitat for Monarchs and the need is critical.
Therefore, PAC is urging the public to create butterfly gardens that cater to the Monarch butterfly, Monarch Waystation Habitats. Monarch Waystations provide the necessary plants for Monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their annual migration. Milkweeds, the host plant to the larvae (caterpillars) of the Monarch, enable Monarch’s to produce successive generations, resulting in the migration each fall. Likewise, without nectar from flowers, the butterflies migrating in the fall would lack the necessary energy to be able to make the long journey to their overwintering grounds.
Thanks to a grant from Loti Woods, PAC has created three Monarch Waystations and distributed over 300 Monarch Waystation Seed Kits that include approximately 100 seeds each, with 8 varieties of nectar plants and 3 varieties of Monarch larval host plants (milkweed) that are all native to Polk County.
Let’s work together to save the migratory Monarch!
For more information on this topic, click here.
Memorial Planting of Rare, Potentially Blight-resistance American Chestnut Trees in Polk County!
On Saturday, February 7, 2015, The American Chestnut Foundation (TACF) directed a memorial planting of four potentially blight-resistant American Chestnut trees at Harmon Field in Tryon, NC, as well as four American Chestnut trees at the PAC protected Norman Wilder Forest. This planting is a living memorial to Mara Smith, local photographer and writer, who died February 5, 2014.
This is a partnership between Ford Smith & family, The American Chestnut Foundation, Harmon Field/The Town of Tryon, and the Pacolet Area Conservancy.
Click here for more information about this project
PAC extends grateful thanks to the Polk County Community Foundation for their support.
The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) is pleased to announce a recent gift from Spartanburg based Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. The generous award will be used in support of PAC’s mission to protect and conserve the natural resources of our area.
Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc., has also awarded a grant to PAC for the purpose of strategic planning.
“We applaud the Pacolet Area Conservancy’s efforts to create a strategic plan for the organization’s future growth and are happy to support the decision to bring in experts to lead the process,” said Rick Webel, president of Pacolet Milliken. “You won’t find a successful company or organization out there that hasn’t invested in putting together a strategic blueprint for its future and listened to the advice from experts. The PAC has done great work for the last 25 years, and I have no doubt that going through this process will position them for greater success for the next 25 years. I would encourage all non-profits to consider doing the same.”
PAC extends grateful thanks to Pacolet Milliken Enterprises, Inc. for their support.
PAC is in need of tools to help us continue our stewardship efforts!If you happen to have tools lying around that you are no longer using and you would like to donate them to PAC, we would greatly appreciate it!
On our “wish list”:
-eye and ear protection
-push lawn mower
Do you know of a sensitive area that is scheduled for clearing and contains a lot of beautiful, native plants? Contact PAC! We would love the opportunity to visit the site and, perhaps help rescue the native plants there!
For information on Voluntary Conservation Easements (Agreements), click on the link below to download the latest in depth publication, Voluntary Conservation Agreements: An Introduction for North Carolina Land Owners, or contact the Pacolet Area Conservancy for a printed version.
Click here to download the 3 MB pdf: Voluntary Conservation Agreements: An Introduction for North Carolina Land Owners
Contact us to get information about how protecting your property may qualify you in for FEDERAL TAX BENEFITS! And how preservation of your land can set the standard for our area’s conservation efforts.
Visit us to SEE A MAP showing where your property fits in the landscape of permanently protected land in the area, and/or see where your farm fits into protected land in Horse Country!
If you’d like to see a 10 MINUTE VIDEO about protecting our horse country, featuring interviews about how Virginia’s Piedmont Environmental Council protected their vast Horse Country, click here. If you’d like to borrow our “Saving Horse Country” DVD, contact PAC to for details.
PAC works not only with landowners, but also with other land trusts, state and federal agencies to accomplish conservation goals. PAC also endorses the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan, or SWAP, which encourages the preservation of wildlife through habitat conservation.