Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
Bart Landess, Executive Director
Public Contact Name
Becca Cohler
Main Address

2400 Park Rd
Ste 1
Charlotte, NC 28203
United States

What We Do

Catawba Lands Conservancy (CLC) is a land trust – a nonprofit, community-based conservation organization that permanently conserves and manages land for public benefit in the Southern Piedmont of North Carolina. We are dedicated to saving land and connecting lives to nature. Our six-county land protection area includes Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union counties. CLC currently permanently conserves over 170 properties including over 15,000 acres of land. That land includes farmland, ecologically rich lands to protect wildlife habitat and local drinking water, and land to provide the public with a direct connection to explore the natural world around them.

One of our largest projects is the Carolina Thread Trail. The Thread Trail is a developing regional network of connected greenways, natural surface trails and blueways that reaches 15 counties and 2.3 million people. There are over 360 miles of trail and greenway and over 170 miles of blueway open to the public with 1,600 miles planned for the purpose of recreation, transportation and conservation. The Thread Trail preserves our natural areas and is a place for exploration of nature, culture, science and history. This is a landmark project that provides public and community benefits for everyone, in every community.

How You Can Help: Over these next few weeks as more people are getting outside to enjoy the warm weather, would you consider helping us by either making a gift to help steward your local outdoors or consider purchasing item(s) from our Wish List, the links are provided below:

Make a donation by visiting to help cover the added cost of preserve and trail maintenance.

See our Amazon Wish List below, and a full list of our needs at

Interesting Info
  • Our Conservation Vision 2030 identifies four key focus areas for CLC: wildlife habitat, clean water, local farms and connection to nature.
  • We are the lead agency for the Carolina Thread Trail; over 350 miles of it are open to the public
  • We partners with nearly 1,100 donors, 128 landowners, 375 volunteers and several corporate partners.
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