Rich Mountain Conservancy
PO Box 127, Cedar Mountain, NC 28718
A 501(c)(3) charitable organization
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Macon Patton – President
Mike McShane – Vice-president
Johnny Warren – Secretary
Hank Birdsong – Treasurer
Lisa Bankoff – Board Member
Marshall McCallie – Board Member
Chuck McGrady – Board Member
Gus Napier – Board Member
William Scherer – Board Member
Rich Mountain History

In the late 1990’s several land parcels were transferred from the DuPont Corporation to the Conservation Fund. A large portion of what is now DuPont State Forest was included in the transfer, as was Rich Mountain. Rich Mountain is a separate parcel of around 180 acres that is not contiguous with DuPont State Forest, but is very close (see Map). Another 300 acre parcel was sold by the Conservation Fund for development.

For several years the Conservation Fund has held the Rich Mountain property and expressed interest in having the land conserved and sold to a non-profit organization rather than sell to an individual or business.

In January 2007 the Rich Mountain Conservancy was formed by concerned citizens as a non-profit corporation to purchase and manage the property. The IRS has designated the Rich Mountain Conservancy as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

In late December of 2007 the Rich Mountain Conservancy signed a purchase agreement with the Conservation Fund. In order to finalize the purchase, fund-raising began in earnest to raise the $500,000 needed to finalize the purchase.

As of June, 2009, title for all but 5 acres on the summit was transferred to the Rich Mountain Conservancy. The Conservancy financed $80,000 to complete the purchase, and paid off the loan within a year.

In December, 2012, the Conservation Fund agreed to sell the remainder of the property with a closing date set in early 2013. Fundraising began again to secure the $60,000 needed for the purchase. The last portion of Rich Mountain was purchased and transferred to the Conservancy in the first half of 2013.

With the top of Rich Mountain secured, the Conservancy now owns the entire mountain & will work to achieve the stated goals of the Conservancy:

to preserve Rich Mountain as a responsiby managed forest land, noting:

  • The significance of Rich Mountain as the headwaters of the Little River watershed
  • The unique flora and fauna indigenous to the area
  • The value to Transylvania County to preserve scenic vistas afforded by protected natural preserves
One of the unique features of Rich Mountain is a set of large boulders in the middle of the property. There are four huge boulders ranging in height from thirty to seventy-five feet. Numerous smaller boulders are in the vicinity.