North Carolina's Piedmont extends from the fall line east of Raleigh to the first high peaks of the Southern Appalachian Mountains more than 250 miles to the west. Working in both the rural countryside and major urban areas, TNC has a long history of conservation in the Piedmont.
Why so Special?
The Piedmont's foothills and rich soils have always appealed to humans. Today, well over half of North Carolina's residents live here.
The Piedmont supports a wide range of natural habitats, which in turn shelter a diversity of wildlife. The region's hardwood forests are home to white-tailed deer and wild turkey. Rare Piedmont prairies explode every spring and summer with native wildflowers. And fast moving streams and rivers host nationally significant populations of fish and mussels.
Given the extensive and dense human habitation in the Piedmont, TNC's work in this region tends to involve publicly accessible land. Conservancy projects here range from the Eno River State Park and Raven Rock State Park to state game lands at Shocco Creek and the South Mountains.
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