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Protecting the Piedmont


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Come Explore
Knight Brown Nature Preserve

3 miles of trail near Belews Lake

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30,000 Acres Protected in 31 Years
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Our Mission

PLC protects our region’s natural lands, farms, and waters for present and future generations. PLC connects people with nature.

Natural Areas

natural areas

Family Farms

family farms

Water Quality


Public Access

connecting people to nature

Get Outside

Knight Brown Nature Preserve

Right next to Belews Lake there is a piece of quiet, undisturbed land that not many people know about. We’d like to invite you to stop by for a walk.

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The Latest News

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Some of the Beautiful Places we've Protected with your Support

Get Connected

Learn about ways to help protect local land

Whether you want to volunteer, take a hike with a group, or look for a job, our get involved page is the place to be.

Why Our Members Support Us


“Land conversation is important to preserve our remaining green space for people and animals to thrive. Natural green and blue space helps to heal the mind and body. PLC is creating space and sanctuary for our future.”

– Julia Opaleski,  PLC Member


“Supporting Piedmont Land Conservancy is important to me as someone who utilizes the many wonderful acres of trails through the Piedmont. I want those who travel to the area and those like me that need time in the woods searching for their favorite bird to have a clean and safe environment to explore. “

– Allen Rogers,  PLC Member


“We support PLC because we want to help protect landscapes for the benefit of people and our non-human kin. This is particularly important to us as the climate crisis worsens. And we are increasingly wanting to support local, not just national, organizations.”

– Kate and Tom Guthrie,  PLC Members

Ready to get out there?

Hit The Trails

Connecting you to Trails in the Piedmont Triad

We know how important public access is for our community so together with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council we created Piedmont Legacy Trails, the trails collective in the Piedmont Triad whose primary goal is to highlight our natural places, connect trail efforts, and give voice to regional trail interests for the the benefit of our communities. 

Show your Support

Piedmont Land Conservancy

Piedmont Land Conservancy is a non-profit (501 [c][3]) membership organization which relies on individuals to support our day-to-day operations. Funding to acquire conservation properties comes from individuals, foundations, as well as government agencies.