Vulcan Materials Co. recently renewed its support for the land and water conservation work of Foothills Conservancy, a nonprofit land trust dedicated to serving North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Foothills region, an eight-county area in the Blue Ridge Mountains that includes the headwaters of three major rivers: Catawba, Broad and Yadkin.
Bryan Spach, area sales manager for Vulcan’s Mideast Division, presented the $2,500 award to Susie Hamrick Jones, executive director of Foothills Conservancy, which is dedicated to preserving natural areas and open spaces, watersheds, wildlife habitats, forests and farm lands.
The support from Vulcan Materials will help Foothills Conservancy expand protection of lands along the Catawba River and work with private landowners to conserve agricultural lands across the region.
“Vulcan Materials has been one of our corporate partners for the last 10 years,” Jones said. “We applaud their company-wide focus on environmental stewardship and education and appreciate their support of our land and water conservation programs.”
Since its inception 16 years ago, Foothills Conservancy has protected more than 45,000 acres across eight Blue Ridge Foothills counties, including conservation agreements on privately-owned farms and forests; the conservancy’s 1,500-acre Catawba headwaters preserve; Lake James and South Mountains state park expansion; Chimney Rock State Park creation; state game lands including Wilson Creek and Johns River; and Pisgah National Forest and Blue Ridge Parkway additions near Linville Gorge.