Our Partners

WAC-HNG partners with area experts to ensure we are providing the best resources and knowledge possible. Below are our current partners; please explore their sites for additional information.

Conserving Carolina
Conserving Carolina Conserving Carolina (formerly Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy) partners with landowners and organizations to protect land and water resources vital to our natural heritage and quality of life. Dedicated to saving the places you love, Conserving Carolina works to permanently conserve and actively care for an ever-growing regional network of locally and nationally significant farm, forest, park and natural lands.
The Nature Conservancy
The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Foothills Conservancy Foothills Conservancy is dedicated to working together with you and others to preserve and protect the places we all love across the eastern Blue Ridge Mountains and Foothills, including watersheds, environmentally significant habitats and forests and farm lands for this and future generations.
Western North Carolina Alliance MountainTrue is the result of a merger of Environmental and Conservation Organization (based in Henderson County, founded in 1987), Jackson-Macon Conservation Alliance (based in Macon County, founded in 2000) and Western North Carolina Alliance (based in Buncombe County, founded in 1982). MountainTrue became an official non-profit in January 2015, and was formed with three specific goals: To have a stronger influence on policy at all levels of government, through increased local presence; To build a stronger organization and increase our geographic reach; And to strengthen our grassroots engagement and involve a broader spectrum of the population.
North Carolina State Forest Service
NC State forest Service The North Carolina Division of Forest Resources (NCDFR) is a state agency whose primary purpose is to ensure adequate and quality forest resources for the state to meet present and future needs. The agency’s work involves management of existing resources, development and creation of new and better forests, and protection of these valuable resources.
US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Fish and Wildlife The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
North Carolina Natural Heritage Program
NC Natural Heritage The program serves as an information clearinghouse in support of conservation of the rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity in the state. These elements of natural diversity include plants and animals which are so rare or the natural communities which are so significant that they merit special consideration as land-use decisions are made.
North Carolina State Parks


NC State Parks

The North Carolina State Parks System exists for the enjoyment, education, health and inspiration of all our citizens and visitors. The mission of the state parks system is to conserve and protect representative examples of the natural beauty, ecological features and recreational resources of statewide significance; to provide outdoor recreational opportunities in a safe and healthy environment; and to provide environmental education opportunities that promote stewardship of the state's natural heritage.
Town Of Lake Lure
Town of Lake Lure The Town of Lake Lure
Village of Chimney Rock
CMLC Chimney Rock Village
Friends of the Hickory Nut Gorge
Friends of HNG The Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge advocate for the natural beauty, biodiversity and wildlife habitat, along with the ecological health and integrity of Hickory Nut Gorge. The Friends of Hickory Nut Gorge urge everyone to consider and support strong county ordinances to protect our steep slopes, mountain ridges and unique biodiversity, particularly in identified natural heritage areas.
Mountain Valleys Resource Conservation & Development
CMLC Local RC&D Councils provide a way for people to plan and implement projects that will make their communities a better place to live. They bring together people, needs, concerns, opportunities, and solutions. RC&Ds were established in the Agriculture Act of 1962 to provide a program that empowered rural people to help themselves. The focus on local direction and control has made RC&D one of the most successful rural development programs of the Federal Government.
Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation
CMLC The Hickory Nut Gorge Foundation (HNGF) was founded in 2005 by Hickory Nut Gorge residents, James and Susan Dunn. Along with a handful of friends and supporters, the organization was formed out of our mutual desire to put the words, “leaving a place better than you found it,” into tangible results. WAC-HNG was rewarded a grant from the foundation in 2015 to futher our efforts in the Hickory Nut Gorge.
The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina
CFWNC The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina inspires philanthropy and mobilizes resources to enrich lives and communities in Western North Carolina.


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