Reservation for Preservation

Reservation for Preservation

Most visitors come to the mountains to enjoy the natural beauty, and now they can help preserve it by staying overnight. A new program from the High Country Conservancy, a regional land trust, is going to help preserve the scenic, historic, and natural attractions of our landscape by raising funds through room occupancy.

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The program – ‘Help Save the Places You Love' – has participating area hotels, motels, cabin and resort establishments encourage guests to donate an extra few dollars on their room fee for land preservation.

All the monies are used in the High Country Conservancy's efforts toward preserving lands in Ashe, Avery and Watauga counties. The conservancy works with area businesses and landowners to place conservation easements on sensitive properties or portions of their land, protecting it from development while gaining tax breaks for themselves and their heirs.

Thousands of acres, from Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks to rare high-elevation bogs and family farms, have already been protected in voluntary agreements between landowners and land trusts in the High Country. North Carolina ranks fourth in the country in the number of acres – estimated at more than a million – lost to development in the past decade.

Funds raised through The Save the Place You Love initiative could make a major difference in preserving the landscape that has attracted so many visitors and businesses to the area.

The High Country Conservancy is only the third land trust nationwide to utilize such a program for land protection; the Jackson Hole, Wyoming and St. Simons (Georgia) Land Trust having already preserved hundreds of acres in their areas also dependent on a clean environment and income from visitation.

Guests at participating facilities will receive notice of the program at check-in, including membership and background information on the High Country Conservancy. A program brochure will be found in every room and the lodging staff will be specially trained in explaining how the extra dollars will work toward the community and environment. Now visitors can come to the High Country, support local businesses, and help keep the mountains beautiful for generations to come.

Thousands of acres, from Blue Ridge Parkway overlooks to rare high-elevation bogs and family farms, have already been protected in voluntary agreements between landowners and land trusts in the High Country.

Participating Establishments

Establishments that are participating include:

  • Chetola Resort at Blowing Rock
  • Crippens Country Inn in Blowing Rock
  • Yonahlossee Resort in Boone
  • The Taylor House in Valle Crucis
  • Valle Crucis Log Cabin Rentals
  • The Quality Inn
  • Best Western
  • Cardinal Inn
  • Scottish Inn
  • Red Carpet Inn in Boone
  • Eseeola Lodge in Linville

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