OUR MISSION: To protect and conserve our area’s natural resources.
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, PAC has helped protect nearly 8,400 acres of our area’s valuable natural resources. PAC holds conservation easements on 54 protected properties. PAC owns 25 properties. PAC is responsible for monitoring 62 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 4,555.10 acres annually to make certain that the terms of the conservation agreements are upheld.
Celebrate the season with PAC at our annual Holiday Party!
This year’s celebration will be held at the Bessie Jackson House off Jackson Grove Road, from 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m..
Come for Holiday Brunch, Cheer, and a Holiday Gift Silent Auction
$50 per person
Click here to print an invitation and read about the history of the Bessie Jackson House.
PAC Launches a NEW Membership Campaign!
PAC will celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary next year. We are proud of the nearly 8,400 acres of land that we have permanently preserved in the area!
We are very grateful to the many generous supporters of PAC over the last quarter of a century! During that time, we never officially had a PAC “membership”! So, to help PAC celebrate a quarter of a century of success in conservation, and to give our supporters the recognition that they deserve, PAC has launched an annual membership!
We ask you to join our efforts in saving the places you love by becoming a member of PAC!
Please follow this link to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member and how you can join PAC today!
PAC’s Pam Torlina Discovers a New Plant Species for Polk County!
Follow this link to read the full story.
PAC Welcomes our new Executive Director, Mary Walter!
The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mary Arrington Walter as Executive Director. Mary formerly served as Executive Director of SPACE, the Spartanburg Area Conservancy, a conservation land trust based in Spartanburg, SC. There she led that organization to national accreditation with the Land Trust Alliance. She brings over 20 years of experience in the field of conservation to PAC.
Click here for the full story!
The Pacolet Area Conservancy is proud to announce that Pam Torlina has been promoted to Director of Stewardship and Land Protection.
Pam Torlina at the Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain.
Click here to read the whole story.
The enhanced tax incentive for conservation easements was renewed for 2012 and 2013! Congress has passed a fiscal cliff deal that renews the enhanced income tax deduction for conservation easements through 2013, and retroactive to the beginning of 2012. This incentive will help land trusts work with farmers, ranchers and other modest-income landowners to increase the pace of conservation by about a third.
The Enhanced Easement Tax Incentive (Updated for 2013)
1. How does the enhanced easement incentive change the law for conservation donations?
The enhanced easement incentive:
- Raises the deduction a donor can take for donating a conservation easement from 30% of their adjusted gross income in any year to 50%;
- Allows qualifying farmers and ranchers to deduct up to 100% of their income (see the above link for more details); and
- Extends the carry-forward period for a donor to take tax deductions for voluntary conservation agreements from 5 to 15 years (in addition to the year of donation).
2. Can you give me an example?
Without the enhanced easement incentive, a landowner earning $50,000 a year who donated a $1 million conservation easement could take a $15,000 deduction for the year of the donation and for an additional 5 years – a total of $90,000 in tax deductions.
The enhanced easement deduction allows that landowner to deduct $25,000 for the year of the donation and then for an additional 15 years. That’s $400,000 in deductions. If the landowner qualifies as a farmer or rancher, they can zero out their taxes. In that case, they could take a maximum of $800,000 in deductions for their million dollar gift.
If you are interested in, or know anyone that might be interested in placing a conservation easement on their property, please spread the word! As of now, these enhanced tax incentives are only secured until December 31, 2013, and there is a lot of work that will need to be done to ensure that we can finalize the conservation easement by that time.
November 25, VOLUNTEERS NEEDED to join the PAC Kudzu Warriors in their efforts to eradicate Kudzu from PAC’s Norman Wilder Forest off of Hwy 176 from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
December 8th, PAC Holiday Party! Celebrate the season with PAC at our annual Holiday Party! This year’s celebration will be held at the Bessie Jackson House off Jackson Grove Road.
Click here for more information on PAC’s Upcoming Events
On November 4th, PAC helped an area landowner permanently protect over 21 acres along the Middle Tyger River in Greenville County!
PAC was selected as one of 8 beneficiary local non-profits for the TR&HC Ariat Jumper Challenge June 7-9 at FENCE! Thank you Tryon Riding & Hunt Club!
For more information, please read the attached Tryon Daily Bulletin article!
PAC ADDS IMPORTANT PIECE TO PROTECTED WATERSHED AREA
PAC is pleased to announce the purchase of an 8.5 acre gem near the North Pacolet River on the Saluda Grade. The property is adjacent to over 100 acres of already protected lands and is an important addition to the preservation of the North Pacolet River watershed. Little Falls Creek bisects the property and Little Falls itself begins at the top of the property and cascades through the property and into the North Pacolet River below. It is truly a beautiful and amazing piece of property!
A special thanks to the landowner, PAC Past President Carole Bartol, PAC Land Protection Specialist Pam Torlina, Board Member Robert Williams, PAC volunteer and attorney Alan Leonard and attorney Phil Feagan for working diligently to preserve this property in perpetuity. The purchase of the property was made possible in part by a donation from the Tom and Muriel Nash Estate and the many donors who have contributed in recent months. Thanks to all of you.
Local Artist’s Work Benefits PAC!
Local artist, Carol Icard, showed her artwork at a solo exhibition, “The Nature of Abstraction” at Upstairs Artspace in Tryon May 31 – July 13.
A portion of her sales were donated to the Pacolet Area Conservancy,
“to support and honor the valuable natural resources we are fortunate to have in these beautiful Foothills.” -Carol Beth Icard
Click here to learn more about Carol Icard.
PAC is pleased to announce the receipt of a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation for education programs at Walnut Creek Preserve!
PAC is pleased to announce that we have just received a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation for our Kudzu Eradication Initiative!
We can always use more volunteers for this worthy cause!
Click here to visit our tab about Kudzu eradication projects in the area.
Click on the link below to check out PAC’s new fall newsletter! Click here: Fall Newsletter, 2013
The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) is pleased to announce a recent gift from 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. PAC extends grateful thanks to Pacolet Milliken Enterprises 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
PAC is pleased to announce that we were named the beneficiary of the Green Creek Hounds Charity Hunt Ball in the fall of 2012!
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 & STATE 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, just drop in or contact PAC to for details on how you can watch or borrow our “Saving Horse Country” DVD.
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.