Our Mission

The Balsam Mountain Trust inspires people to be responsible stewards of the natural and cultural resources of the southern Blue Ridge Mountains through education and conservation leadership.

Upcoming Events

  • April, Paint, Palette and Pixels (Public Invited Program)

    April 21 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    As a former magazine staff photographer and photo editor, Trust Executive Director Michael Skinner can help you create your own vision by painting with light – that is, photography. (BMP members are welcome)


Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustSunday, March 18th, 2018 at 11:51am
Shillelaghs in hand, these intrepid Balsam Mountain Preserve members hiked the Sugarloaf Trail in search of our native shamrocks, clover and sorrel. At the end of the rainbow? Guinness and pretzels - good as gold!

Take Action

Balsam Mountain Trust loves the AMERICORPS!

Our Conservation Trust for North Carolina AmeriCorps members have allowed us to more than triple our reach to underserved community members in Jackson and Haywood Counties. With a focus on environmental education for elementary school students, we also reach folks through partnerships with local libraries, REACH shelter for domestic violence, and the Latino community.

We would like to ask for your help by contacting your senators and representatives and asking them to protect the AmeriCorps program. Please let them know that you are a constituent and share your own, short personal perspective about why the AmeriCorps, or a program they support, is important to you.

AmeriCorps is an investment in our nation.

Interesting Facts

Plant Species

Bird of Prey Ambassadors

Acres of Preserve Land

$ Raised for Trust Conservation Grant

Schools in Adopt-a-School Program

People Reached in 2015

Help Protect the Preserve

Every little bit helps us take care of our animal ambassadors and bring conservation education to Western Carolina communities.

Want to Live Here?

Residents of Balsam Mountain Preserve have exclusive access to Trust events and BMP trails. Check out the Preserve’s site for sales information.