Protected Places

PLC has protected more than 200 places across our region. Our projects generally fall into four areas: clean water, family farms, parks/trails/preserves, and natural areas. Learn about all our projects by clicking the categories below.

Clean Water

Clean Water

PLC works across our region to protect rivers and streams so we can have clean drinking water and beautiful places for swimming, canoeing and fishing.

Family Farms

Family Farms

Farming has defined with way of life for generations of Piedmont families, thanks to rich soils, plentiful water, favorable climate and gentle topography. As one of North Carolina’s top industries, agriculture is an important part of the state’s economy. Local farms provide our families with fresh food, produce important commodity crops, provide opportunities for recreation and habitat for wildlife, and contribute to the scenic value of our region.

Natural Areas

Natural Areas

Natural areas and well-managed forests support healthy ecosystems by providing habitat for native plants and animals. PLC protects many properties throughout our region that preserve these habitats. Many of these properties have been identified through Natural Heritage Inventories which identify and rank natural areas in each county. PLC’s goal is to protect the best of our natural areas all across our region working with interested landowners.

Parks, Trails, Preserves

Parks, Trails, Preserves

One of PLC’s priorities is to protect places that can help connect people to nature, balancing our increasingly indoor, urban lives with the benefits and fun of being outside for all ages. Benefitting health through outdoor recreation – fishing, hiking, birding, canoeing/kayaking, and quiet enjoyment, access to open space and natural areas is critical for our region’s future, and PLC plays an important role in making these types of places available.

Many of these properties are private lands. For publicly accessible properties, see Parks, Trails and Preserves.