Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail

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

Catawba Lands Conservancy and Carolina Thread Trail Office
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 200 properties including over 17,000 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 370 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: Consider making a gift to help steward the lands we protect and support expanding trails, or purchasing item(s) from our Wish List below:

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

In celebration of Giving Tuesday, right now all gifts are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000!

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

Interesting Info
  • We focus on four key pillars of conservation: wildlife habitat, clean water, local farms and connection to nature.
  • We lead the Carolina Thread Trail project; over 540 miles of it are open to the public.
  • We partner with nearly 1,100 donors, 128 landowners, 375 volunteers and several corporate partners.
Volunteer Opportunities

Trail Maintenance - Pharr Family Trail
Duration of 4 hours

Trail Maintenance - Pharr Yarns Family Trail
Duration of 4 hours