The Rotary Club of Tryon was excited to hear about the conversation work being done in our area from Conserving Carolina Executive Director Kieran Roe. Rotarian, and Conserving Carolina Board Member, Carole Bartol invited Kieran to the meeting to update the Rotarians about the work Conserving Carolina is doing specifically in Polk County. Connie Backlund, the Board Chair for Conserving Carolina was also at the meeting.
Conserving Carolina was formed in 2017 by the merger of two local land trusts with deep roots in our communities—Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy and Pacolet Area Conservancy. Today, Conserving Carolina protects over 45,000 acres in Western North Carolina and Upstate South Carolina. The staff and volunteers of Conserving Carolina protect lands in Polk, Henderson, Transylvania and Rutherford Counties, along with land in the Landrum area.