Here are some useful links to learn more about conservation strategies and the activities of land trusts:
The Land Trust Alliance – the national oversight organization and network of land trusts throughout the United States. A good resource for detailed information about conservation.>
The Conservation Trust For North Carolina (CTNC) – a statewide conservation organization promoting protection of North Carolina’s land and water resource. The umbrella organization for the NC Land Trust Council, of which PAC is a member.>
Blue Ridge Forever – PAC is one of 13 Blue Ridge Forever land conservation organizations focused on protecting the Southern Blue Ridge. Check out PAC’s responsibility: “Focus Area 17,” an ecological gem of an area in which wildlife, threatened and endangered plant life, and high class water systems thrive.>
North Carolina Birding Trail – PAC NC Birding Trails include Weaverbarton Shuford Memorial Wildlife Sanctuary off Shuford Drive in Columbus, NC; Norman Wilder Forest of Hwy 176 in Tryon, NC; and Foothills Equestrian Nature Center off Hunting Country Rd. in Tryon, NC.
North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) – a state organization that receives a direct appropriation from the General Assembly in order to issue grants to local governments, state agencies, and conservation non-profits to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems.
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program: This link provides an information clearinghouse in support of conservation of the rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity in the state, including plants, animals, and natural communities.
NC Wildlife Action Plan – This link connects to the NCWRC’s State Wildlife Action Plan, or SWAP, a guide and planning resource for preserving North Carolina’s diminishing wildlife through the planned conservation of wildlife habitats. PAC and other conservation organizations and agencies work to further the goals of SWAP.
Walnut Creek Preserve: This link connects to Walnut Creek Preserve, an ambitious concept for land use and preservation located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
Directions to the Anne Elizabeth Suratt Nature Center.
Other area hiking trail maps:
The Palmetto Trail:
Blue Wall Passage of the Palmetto Trail:
FENCE to Lake Lanier: Map of the Blue Wall Trail – Section 1
Lake Lanier to Vaughns Gap: Map of the Blue Wall Trail – Section 2
Poinsett Reservoir Passage of the Palmetto Trail: Poinsett Passage Trail Map
Saluda Mountains Passage of the Palmetto Trail: Saluda Mountains Passage Trail Map
DuPont State Forest: DuPont State Forest Trail Map
Foothills Equestrian Nature Center, Inc.: FENCE Trail Map
Green River Gamelands: Green River Gamelands Trail Map
Description of trails: Green River Gamelands-Trails
Pearson’s Falls: click here to visit the website
Click here to watch a video about Pearson’s Falls
Ashmore Heritage Preserve link
Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve link
Carl Sanburg National Historic Site trail map
Click the link to view a map of Polk County Area Walking Paths Hiking Trails and Playgrounds
Click here for a link to the Town of Tryon website that lists more area hiking!
Click here for a Guide to hiking with kids.
Click here for a link to the Thrifty Outdoors Man’s “43 Useful Tips and Tricks” to review before your next hike.
Click here to check out a great hiking blog for our area, Meanderthals.
Links to other area information:
Click here for a link to First Peak Visitor Center
Click here for a link to the Polk County Website
Click here for a link to the Town of Tryon website
Click here for a link to the Carolina Foothills Chamber of Commerce website
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