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.


Click here to see what’s happening at (CMLC) our Henderson County location!

Welcome to the Pacolet Area Conservancy website!

Through the varied conservation tools at its disposal, the Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) has helped protect over 9,780 acres of our area’s valuable natural resources. PAC holds conservation easements on 65 protected properties. PAC owns 25 properties. PAC is responsible for monitoring 73 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 over 4,820 acres annually to make certain that the terms of the conservation agreements are upheld.  The land trust also owns property covering over 440 acres.


The Pacolet Area Conservancy is NOW

Conserving Carolina!

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You can help save your Polk County & Little White Oak Mountain!

Little White Oak Mountain        The relatively unspoiled view of the Blue Ridge Escarpment is a symbol of Polk County and precious to those that live here, as well as to those visiting the area. In December of 2016, the south-facing slopes of Little White Oak Mountain, the eastern most mountain seen from Hwy 108 and at the heart of the county, were saved from becoming a 687-unit residential development.

The Pacolet Area Conservancy (PAC) partnered with our neighbors at Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) to protect this 1,060-acre tract and CMLC purchased the the property through borrowed funds.

$1.86 million dollars is needed to repay the outstanding debt and WE NEED YOUR HELP! PAC and CMLC are accepting donations that will go directly toward the repayment of this loan and will be used to protect this portion of YOUR Polk County, in perpetuity.

Do you love our unspoiled mountain views? Would you like to see them remain that way? Please consider making a donation to the preservation of Little White Oak Mountain.

If you make your contribution to PAC – allocated for the ‘Matching Fund Challenge’ – we will match your donation, dollar for dollar.

So please, dig deep so we can go high! Help us protect your Polk County and the unspoiled views that we love and admire.

Donations can be made by mailing a check or cash to PAC at 2060 Lynn Road, Columbus, NC 28722, calling the PAC office at 828-859-5060 to make a donation by credit card, or by visiting our website, www.pacolet.org/donate/. Thank you for helping to save the places you love!

If you need more convincing, click here to watch a video of Babs Strickland explaining why we need your help.

Join us for a Conservation Celebration, Augusts 26th!

Conservation Celebration

Join us on Saturday, August 26th from 4-8 p.m. at Taylor Ranch, a privately-owned 500-acre working Quarter Horse and Texas Longhorn Cattle Ranch in Fletcher, NC. Experience scenic mountain views, gently rolling hills, and a tranquil 7-acre lake as you enjoy an evening with friends that share a deep love for our lands and waters. Proceeds conserve the farms, forests, parks, mountains, streams, and scenery that make our region special.

Click here for more information.

SAVE THE DATE & join us “For Land’s Sake!,” September 22! 

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Join us “For Land’s Sake!” on Friday, September 22nd!  “For Land’s Sake!” will take place at Thanksgiving Farm, home of Alan and Jenny Taylor.  Thanksgiving Hill has been the site of Thanksgiving Day hunt meets for many years.  We will enjoy the lovely views of the pastures and woodlands with mountains in the distance. 

Pat Strother, of Impeccable Taste Catering, will once again do the food.  

More information to come soon!

logoThe southeast regional office of Conserving Carolina is excited to announce the recruitment of an AmeriCorps Project Conserve member to fill the role of Habitat Restoration and Volunteer Coordinator starting in September!

The AmeriCorps member will provide service in the community to eradicate non-native and invasive species on public land which will restore native habitat and provide public benefit.  The member will organize and train volunteers and help educate the local community about practical techniques that can be used to improve affected properties, resulting in enhanced environmental impact.

Conserving Carolina (formerly PAC & CMLC) are hiring a Southeast Regional Director!

The position ensures a coordinated fundraising strategy with the Hendersonville office and leads community engagement efforts in and around Polk County.  Candidates should have proven success with building non-profit community support; successful grant-writing experience; familiarity with Polk and adjoining parts of Greenville and Spartanburg counties; familiarity with land conservation desirable.

Send cover letter and resume to info@carolinamountain.org.

View the full job description and application instructions at this link.


Click here to download a brochure about our 2017 Education Series

2017 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 Mary Merritt and Bob and Babs Strickland.

September 23 – “Why is there such high biodiversity in the Southern Appalachians?,” presented by Jennifer Frick-Ruppert

October 28 – Naturalist, Tim Lee will present, “Bioluminescence: From Fireflies to Fungi.”

November 11 – Nancy Basket, basket weaver and Cherokee storyteller, will present “Cherokee people and invasive species!”

Optional workshop – after the presentation, Nancy will be offering a Hands-On Coiled Kudzu Basket Making Workshop from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The workshop is $20 per person. Limited space is available and pre-registration, by November 1, is required.

For more information about these programs and scheduled 2017 programs, click on this link to go to the Upcoming Events page of this website.

Great News!
Landrum Library Free Community Events Programs Continue in 2017!
Thanks to a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation (PCCF), PAC and the Landrum Library will continue to offer free nature education programs at the Landrum Library in 2017!


We’re looking forward to working with the Landrum Library to create an exciting schedule on fascinating topics presented by fun and knowledgeable experts in their field!


August 29 – Beth Button, from the USC Upstate Watershed Ecology Center, will present on “Water Runs Down Hill – The Pacolet River from the Mountains to the Sea,” at 6:00 p.m.
community-matters-pccf-seal_transparentCheck out our “Upcoming Events” page for more information!

Help PAC locate “Species of Interest” in Polk County!

Check out the new Polk County’s Most Wanted “pocket guides” for (1) Plants and for (2) Animals and Habitats!

Polk County's Most Wanted pocket guide to plants       Polk County's Most Wanted pocket guide to animals

Follow this link to download and print the pocket guides!

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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”:

-chain saws

-weed whackers

-brush saws



-work gloves

-eye and ear protection

-push lawn mower

The Polk County Community Foundation funded a grant to PAC for the first year of a survey of the flora and fauna of Polk County!

Botanist, David Campbell, has been conducting a field study and identifying and documenting important species in our area. Polk County is considered one of the ‘Jewels in the Crown’ by the botanical community in our state but is one of only five counties where no study has been done. The primary focus is on species of concern: plants, animals, natural communities, and habitats most at risk of extinction at the global or local level.

At the end of the two-year survey, all data will be recorded, a report will be written, and then the report will be distributed to all interested individuals, organizations, universities and colleges, etc.

The data will enable PAC and other organizations to take a proactive role in protecting habitats supporting species of concern at both the county and municipal level. These projects have been used by conservation organizations for decades to help prioritize their work and incorporate the data into comprehensive plans.

Campbell has been writing articles for the Tryon Daily Bulletin and Polk County News Journal, called “Polk County’s Most Wanted,” about plants, animals, and habitats unique to our area.


PAC & Landrum Library Programs

In 2016, the Polk County Community Foundation awarded PAC a Free Community Events grant which allowed us to offer seven free educational programs at the Landrum Library in 2016!  The programs were attended by a total of 400 people (277 adults and 123 children) in our community!

PAC and the Landrum Library extend their gratitude to the Polk County Community Foundation for making these programs possible!


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!

Saving Horse CountryIf 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.

Office Hours:

Monday – Friday – 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – Closed

Other times by appointment or by chance.