Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy
East Fork
Photo Credit: April Johnson
Attend the Public Hearing on East Fork Headwaters
When: Monday November 22nd 7pm
Where: Transylvania County Courthouse 7 East Main St in Brevard

The Transylvania County Commissioners are considering submitting a letter to WRC expressing County support for the project. In addition to presentations by staff from CMLC and WRC, there will be an opportunity for members of the public to make comments. We'd love to see as many friends of the Headwaters project as possible turn out to the meeting to demonstrate to County leaders and WRC that there is broad community support for conserving this property. Please join us next Monday the 22nd at 7:00 pm at the County Commissioners meeting and make your support known!

Thank you for all your support!

Native Brook TroutA special thank you to everyone who sent letters to the Wildlife Resource Commission in support of the 8000-acre East Fork Headwaters Tract!

At their November 4th board meeting the Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC) unanimously agreed to be our long-term landmanagement partner. Once purchased, the property will be managed as state game land. WRC also agreed to help CMLC and our partner the Conservation Fund seekland acquisition funds.

East Fork Headwaters:
8,000 acres of Southern Appalachian wilderness

Be a part of a unique conservation opportunity!

Why is this land so important?
Hidden Falls
Hidden Falls - Photo Courtesy of Everette Robinson
- Expansion of a wildlife corridor: This 8000-acre tract is adjacent to tens-of-thousands of conserved acres in South Carolina and beyond.
- Clean, clear drinking water: The property contains over 50 miles of high quality trout streams which form a significant portion of the East Fork watershed, a primary tributary of the French Broad River, which is expected to increase in importance as a public water supply as regional population grows in coming decades.
- Protection of threatened species and habitat: East Fork Headwaters is home to native Brook Trout, Eastern Hellbender, and other native wildlife. East Fork also harbors the endangered Rock Gnome Lichen and rare Southern Appalachian mountain bog habitat.
- Maintaining trail access: Over 9 miles of the 107 mile Foothills Trail wind through East Fork. Protecting this land ensures that the public can hike the Foothills trails start to finish forever.

Who is involved?
CMLC is partnering with the Conservation Fund to purchase the land from former Congressman Charles Taylor. The NC Wildlife Resources Commission has agreed to become the longterm management partner.

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Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. As an effective nonprofit organization dedicated to saving the places you love, CMLC works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands.