Wilson Creek, NC

The scenic Wilson Creek watershed – from Grandfather Mountain to the Johns River below Collettsville — has been a Foothills Conservancy focus area since the inception of a water quality conservation plan by our organization in 2006.

Since then, working in partnership with the State of North Carolina, Caldwell County, and people who would “rather be on Wilson Creek”, the conservancy has protected more than six miles of this National Wild & Scenic River through public acquisitions and a private conservation easement. Foothills Conservancy’s focus spans the watershed as they continue to pursue land and water preservation opportunities from the headwaters near Grandfather Mountain and along the many miles of critically important tributary streams that drain pure, mountain water to Wilson Creek. Aligned with the Friends of Wilson Creek group, the Conservancy helped establish a long-term, deliberate water quality testing program that will analyze the effects of land use activities on Wilson Creek’s aquatic resources and habitat.

The Conservancy’s watershed conservation plan will continue to guide their public and private conservation efforts with interested and willing landowners for years to come.

Support during 2010 from the Clabough Foundation allowed Foothills Conservancy to continue this important work. Support from the Clabough Foundation has also enabled Foothills Conservancy to maintain their stewardship obligations and implement new projects in their persistent endeavor to preserve a natural gem of western North Carolina, National Wild & Scenic Wilson Creek.