$4.37 million awarded for Deaverview Mountain conservation efforts

The land trust got a major boost for its efforts to conserve the 343-acre mountaintop tract and explore the potential of turning the land into a public park.

View of the Blue Ridge Mountains from the summit of Deaverview Mountain.

The mountaintop provides stunning 180° views.

Photo via Buncombe County

Last week, the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources announced NC Land and Water Fund grants totaling more than $45 million to protect our state’s land and wetlands. Through these grants, the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) was awarded $4.37 million for the conservation of Deaverview Mountain, which is just outside Asheville’s city limits.

The 343-acre property was listen for sale in March. A “conservation-minded buyer” purchased the land and will hold it for three years to let SAHC work out a permanent conservation solution. Back in April, the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution to explore the creation of a public park on the summit of the mountain, and through SAHC’s partnership with Buncombe County, the park would be the largest in the county. The NC Land and Water Fund grant covers nearly half of the estimated project cost of $8.8 million.

More from AVLtoday
Learn about the history of radio in WNC and get your hands on some old tech at these special upcoming events.
This week — Monday, July 22-Friday, July 26, 2024 — we’re shining a spotlight on the vibrant drink scene in Asheville, NC.
From baseball to soccer, we’re sharing all the details of sports teams in Asheville.
Hosted by Asheville Parks and Recreation, these casual chats with Director D. Tyrell McGirt are a way to keep the Recreate Asheville conversation going.
The Paris 2024 Olympics will spotlight several new sports: breaking, skateboarding, sport climbing, and surfing. Here’s where you can channel your inner Olympian and try out these sports in Asheville.
Cultivate Climbing announced a November opening date for its upcoming bouldering gym, as well as plans for a third location focused on advanced training and wellness.
The company just launched its spontaneous travel concept in a few drivetime cities — and Asheville made the list.
The City of Asheville is collecting feedback to inform the Request for Proposals and the shape that the future Downtown Asheville BID will take.
Henry Patten won a men’s doubles title alongside partner Harri Heliovaara, making Patten the first Bulldog to bring home hardware from Wimbledon.