Orange Fungi on the Preserve

The mission of the Balsam Mountain Trust is the stewardship of the natural and cultural resources on Balsam Mountain Preserve and the Blue Ridge Mountain region, through effective land management practices, scientific research, environmental education. Download a PDF of the Trust Summary



Education is an important part of the Balsam Mountain Trust MissionThe trust offers both on site and off site educational program.  If you are a teacher or community group organizer, please contact us and we will help plan an experience that fits your needs!


Research on The PreserveThe Trust’s emphasis on research and education cannot be overstated as they have been a hallmark of its operations since it was founded. To date the Trust has had research partners engaged in over 30 different projects.


Kids exploring at the Nature CenterThe nature center is where the Trust offices are located. It is also the nerve center for Trust activities. While a consensus exists that encourages the ’get outdoors’ nature of discovery; the nature center is a grand place to begin those discoveries.  Your adventure starts HERE

Online Resources

Click the image to Download the Critters Species Guide

Frasier Magnolia - in the Species Checklist

Click to Read More about the Cultural History of the Preserve

Trust Surpasses Goal for Annual Birthday Celebration

WOW! On 31 August BMP Members showed their enthusiastic support for the Trust by exceeding the goal for its Annual Birthday Party fund-raiser. Almost $23,000 was raised at the Party. Thank you all BMP members and staff and Trust Board members and staff for the tireless effort on behalf of this organization. A special thank you goes to this year's party chair/organizer - Janie Stratigos. More news to follow in an upcoming NaturePhile.