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12 Notecards with envelopes $15

Just in time for holiday gifts and thank-you cards, Foothills Conservancy is offering a boxed set of 12 stunning photographs by Valdese photographer Danny Buxton. A North Carolina native, Danny captures and shares the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills through his landscape and nature photography.

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Foothills Conservancy Receives $40,000 NPS Battlefield Preservation Grant

WASHINGTON – More than $1.1 million in National Park Service grants have been awarded to help preserve and protect America’s significant battlefield lands. Funds from the National Park Service’s American Battlefield Protection Program (ABPP) will support 24 projects at 38 battlefields in 15 states.

“These grants help safeguard and preserve American battlefield lands,” said Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service. “It is important to protect these lands as symbols of individual sacrifice and national heritage for present and future generations.” Click for more

Box Creek Wilderness Ranked Among the Rarest of the Rare

Endangered species inhabit its woodlands and over 50 miles of pristine streams flow freely through its forests.

Among North Carolina’s 2,400 Significant Natural Heritage Areas (SNHAs), the privately-owned 5,800-acre Box Creek Wilderness on the Rutherford-McDowell county line is now ranked among the rarest of the rare.

Recent rankings announced by the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (NCDENR) Natural Heritage Program, place the Box Creek Wilderness in the top 1 percent of the state’s SNHAs – at 24th.

The ranking is based on the collective value index, which sums all the different rare species and communities weighted by their rarity.

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