Tuesday, June 27, 2017


submitted by The Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina:

Between now and August 31 2017, your support for Foothills Conservancy goes TWICE as far with a dollar-for-dollar match toward our $80,000 challenge goal!

It never ceases to amaze us when those committed to a cause achieve great things.

This May, in an effort fully funded by private contributions, Foothills Conservancy purchased and permanently protected Sank Gap, a 259-acre tract in the Catawba River's headwaters near Old Fort in McDowell County. Residents of the adjacent Creston Community, motivated by one couple's $25,000 challenge pledge, rallied to raise the final $50,000 needed to complete the purchase.
Thanks to these passionate individuals and other private funders, this incredible land, which contains nearly a mile of the ridge of Edmondson Mountain including Sank Gap, is now part of Foothills Conservancy's Catawba Headwaters Preserve.
The ridge of Edmondson Mountain, including Sank Gap

During our 2017 Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge, you have an opportunity to double your impact and help us achieve our $80,000 summer challenge goal.

Two anonymous individuals together have pledged $37,500 and the von Drehle Corporation of Hickory has pledged $2,500 to match up to a total of $40,000 for this annual fund challenge.

From now through August 31, your gifts toward this challenge will be matched dollar-for-dollar, doubling your investment in this unique and wonderful region and allowing us to advance our land and water conservation work this year. 
With your help, we will continue our work this year to protect places like Lake James, where concerned citizens contributed half the funds needed for our land trust to acquire and add another 41 acres to Lake James State Park last year. Known as the Whippoorwill Dairy Farm, this land offers public access to a section of the Overmountain Victory Historic Trail along Paddy's Creek and protects the clean waters of Lake James.
Paddy's Creek flows along the Whippoorwill Farm

Protection projects like this are inspiring examples of the community members and landowners who are committed to working with Foothills Conservancy to protect our beautiful region.

With your help, Foothills Conservancy will be able to continue adding to the more than 51,000 acres of mountain forests, foothills farmlands, and the thousands of miles of streams, rivers and trails that we have protected since 1995.
We consider it a privilege that thanks to supporters like you, Foothills Conservancy can use our expertise and resources as a regional land trust to work with people in our community who are passionate about land and water conservation to achieve our shared goals.

Thanks to your support we are able to respond to opportunities to protect scenic vistas, preserve family farmland through conservation easements, and safeguard the water quality of the streams and rivers that we rely on for recreation and drinking water. 

Please double your support for our region's future during our Blue Ridge Foothills Protection Challenge by mailing your gift, making a secure gift online at foothillsconservancy.org/donate, or calling our office at 828-437-9930 by August 31.

Thank you,

Susie Hamrick Jones 
Executive Director
Ron Beane 
Board Chair
P.S. Don't forget! Mark your calendar today and make a two-for-one gift by August 31.
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina 
P.O. Box 3023, Morganton, NC 28680
Ph: 828-437-9930

Monday, June 26, 2017

Carolina Public Press Calls for Support

submitted by Angie Newsome, Founder and Executive Director


What is the quality of life for residents at housing facilities for people living with mental illness? Are they safe and dependable? And are regulators and agencies doing their jobs to make sure facilities are well-run?

This month, our news staff is driving from Bryson City to Wilmington, from Raleigh to Lewisburg to report on how patients, families and caregivers cope with some of the most challenging health issues facing North Carolinians.

This is the latest reporting project coming from Carolina Public Press, a
not-for-profit online news organization devoted to providing you nonpartisan, in-depth and investigative reporting you can trust. From mental health to the environment, from the halls of the N.C. General Assembly to local government, from education to human trafficking, we aren't afraid to ask hard questions and report on tough issues. Because you are a subscriber, you know that we delve deeply into the overlooked and under-reported issues facing our communities, region and state through our award-winning journalism and civic and civil dialogues.
You can strengthen this work during the last week of our two-week sustaining donor challenge -- and double your gift right now!

Can you pledge just $10, $15 or $25 a month to support a news organization you can trust and count on?

And, due to the generosity of the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation -- your donation can be DOUBLED up to a total of $25,000. If you've never given before, you can turn your $10 a month gift into $20 a month. And if you've given to us in the past, an increased gift will be doubled.
Because, it's true. As our staff schedules interviews, crunches data, prepares questions, researches policies and lawsuits, and schedules public dialogues,
we need your help
to bring this award-winning, high-quality journalism to you.

Now is the time to strengthen independent, in-depth and investigative reporting. It's needed now more than ever.

We hope you'll join us and show your support during the last week of our two-week sustaining donor fund drive.
You can help build fact-based and context-rich journalism that matters.
Thank you,

Angie Newsome
Founder and Executive Director
Carolina Public Press