August 26, 2016
“One hundred years ago, Governor Locke Craig and others showed extraordinary vision in having North Carolina protect the high spruce and fir covered crest of the Black Mountains running south from Cattail Peak. Since the creation of Mount Mitchell State Park, the North Carolina State Parks system has grown to nearly a quarter-million acres conserved for wildlife, recreation and education.

Today, The Conservation Fund, the State and generous North Carolinians are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the North Carolina State Parks system by continuing to protect these beloved lands and water.

We are working with far-thinking private individuals, such as Fred and Alice Stanback and Tim Sweeney to more than double the size of Mt. Mitchell State Park, and to enhance the original 1916-vision of this historic park. Our efforts will not only preserve Cattail Peak, the highest privately owned mountain peak in the east, but also conserve 2,744 acres of spruce fir forest and northern hardwood forests encountered in the 3,500 foot climb from the trout filled Cane River to Cattail Peak.

From the beaches and shores to the ridges and mountain summits, North Carolina’s recreation and natural areas and parks provide places of adventure, exploration, rejuvenation, wonder and escape.

As a ninth generation North Carolinian, I would like to thank and congratulate the State, and note that in celebrating this milestone, we also make a commitment to protecting and enhancing these places for future generations.” 

About The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states to protect more than 7.6 million acres of land since 1985.

Learn about our conservation efforts with North Carolina State Parks from our State Director Bill Holman.