Some of Appalachia’s most special places are protected through land trusts. These non-profit organizations work with private landowners and other organizations to protect places of significant agricultural, environmental, historic, and recreational value. Land trusts use a variety of mechanisms to protect land. Conservation easements allow the owners to retain ownership and protect the land’s important natural assets by limiting development. In other cases, a land trust will purchase property and then sell or donate it to a park, forest or other entity that will protect the land for future generations. Property owners can also work with land trusts to develop conservation plans for land and waterways. The eight regional land trusts in western North Carolina have protected thousands of acres of our region’s beautiful mountains and rivers.
March 21st, 2018
A Mountain Feist is a type of small hunting dog. Like the many others varieties of feists, it is not a specific breed. The ancestral [...]
Lady Bird Johnson
October 5th, 2017
On March 14, 1967, Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson, arrived in Jackson County, North Carolina. She had come to visit the [...]
Appalachian Trail Through Hikers
October 27th, 2016
The Appalachian Trail extends 2,160 miles from Springer Mountain in North Georgia to Mount Katahdin in northern Maine. “Through Hiker” is the name given to [...]
September 23rd, 2015
Have you ever seen a Carolina Lily? Did you know it is North Carolina’s official state wildflower? But take care to avoid mistaking it for [...]
Horses and Mules
April 30th, 2015
Although horses and mules have been replaced by tractors on most American farms, some farmers in Appalachia still use them, and many more remember having [...]
About The Digital Heritage Project
DigitalHeritage.org includes essays, video interviews, and other materials created by the students of Western Carolina University. It also includes regional lesson plans created by teachers participating in the Adventure of the American Mind project sponsored by the Library of Congress. Radio spots created by WCU faculty and students may be heard on stations WKSF-FM, WMXF-AM, WPEK-AM, WWCU-FM, and WWNC-AM. A print version is available each month in the Laurel of Asheville.