C - Environment

Saluda Community Land Trust

The Saluda Community Land Trust was created by a group of concerned citizens who realized that as Saluda loses more and more agricultural and forest land, less is available for farming, gardening, or just walking in the woods. Our rural small-town way of life had become threatened. With the support of the Polk County Community Foundation, these citizens came together in 2007 and formed The Saluda Community Land Trust (SCLT). SCLT was incorporated in March 2007 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the goal of helping to preserve the rural character and open spaces of Saluda.

Asheville Mushroom Club, Inc.

The goals of this organization will be to contribute to the advancement of the science of mycology, to continually better our knowledge of fungi, to pass knowledge on to others who are interested in learning about fungi, to interact with others with like interests, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Carolina Wetlands Association

The Carolina Wetlands Association promotes the understanding, protection, restoration, and enjoyment of North and South Carolina’s wetlands and associated ecosystems through science-based programs, education, and advocacy. We envision a present and future in which the Carolinas’ wetlands are understood, enjoyed and valued as integral parts of our mountain, piedmont, and coastal ecosystems. They should be healthy, plentiful, and support our states’ ecological, societal, and economic needs.

Blue Ridge National Heritage Area

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area serves as the steward of the living traditions of our region, protecting and promoting the unique music, crafts, outdoors, foodways and Cherokee culture unique to Western North Carolina. Honoring the past, we make investments in rural communities for the benefit of present and future generations.