Community Conservation

Community Conservation

Connecting People with Place

If you are reading this, you are most likely a landowner in western North Carolina who is concerned about the future of your land along the French Broad River or one of its tributaries. Perhaps you have a farm or cattle ranch that has been in your family for generations, or maybe you recently purchased your second home in an idyllic rural area. Whatever your situation, many North Carolina landowners face the same dilemma: how do you ensure that the land you love looks the way that it does forever?

Conserve Your Property
If you have any questions about our community conservation initiatives you can contact our Land Resources Manager at: or (828) 252-8474 ext. 11

Conserving Land

WaterRICH helps homeowners understand rainwater management.  Through the program, RiverLink provides an on-line resource designed specifically for smaller sites and private individuals.  The WaterRICH program is an easily accessible, comprehensive resource for understanding how to manage water in the residential setting.  You’ll learn how to harvest rainwater, create stormwater garden features, and reduce outside water needs.  The Program offers hands-on workshops that teach site analysis and introduce design tools needed to select water quality and infiltration mechanisms to use right in your backyard.

Protected Properties

Community engagement is critical to conserving our waterways. Name that Creek is a RiverLink program that connects communities with local unnamed streams through naming campaigns. RiverLink works with residents living near an unnamed stream to collect potential names and create a poll. The winning name is then chosen democratically by community vote. Proposed stream names should be distinctive to the area, inspired by local history, folklore, or surrounding flora and fauna.

Parks, Greenways & Blueways

A watershed is an area of land where all of the water that falls within it drains to a common point, such as a stream or lake. RiverLink works to improve water quality within the 2,830 square-mile French Broad River Watershed in North Carolina. This large watershed is composed of many smaller sub-watersheds, each associated with a tributary of the river. RiverLink utilizes watershed planning as a tool to strategize and increase the impact of our water conservation efforts.