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

  • Winter Wonderland Hike

    January 20 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

    Join us on this public-invited hike to investigate how the natural world spends the winter. We’ll take a leisurely pace down the Sugarloaf Trail and look for the tracks, signs, and patterns especially visible this time of year.

  • Jurassic Journey

    February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

    Join us for this public-invited program where we'll explore the adaptations and behaviors of the dinosaurs by taking a close-up look at their modern cousins: our resident reptiles and birds of prey.


Balsam Mountain Trust
Balsam Mountain TrustWednesday, January 16th, 2019 at 3:28am
How cool! In North Carolina, we have an estimated 500 species of bees, 37 of which are leaf cuter bees.
Balsam Mountain Trust
Center for Biological Diversity
Leaf-cutter bees are solitary, gentle pollinators that opt to construct egg chambers out of leaves, which they provision with nectar and pollen. Once these are in place, the female leafcutter places a single egg atop the food she’s gathered and then caps the cell with circular pieces of leaves. She may construct as many as 20 of these pollen-filled bee-ritos before she’s done. This footage shows a young leaf-cutter emerging from it's cozy bee-rito in the UK. There are many species of leaf-cutter bees found around the world including many in North America. In Florida alone there are as many as 63 different species of leaf-cutter bees. Footage by Emily Doorish Find her on Twitter @EDoorish Instagram @EmiliagoXD Find out more about UK bees at www.solitarybeeweek.com

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.