Preserving Headwaters State Forest

The Conservation Fund, Brevard, NC

Support from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund was leveraged with grants from the Forest Legacy Program, the Open Space Institute and the NC Environmental Enhancement Grant Program to protect nearly 700 acres of the future Headwaters State Forest in August 2016.  The NC Forest Service hopes to open the nearly 7,000-acre state forest to the public in late 2018 for a myriad of recreation opportunities including hunting, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Counties Impacted:

  • Transylvania

​ We greatly appreciate Duke Energy’s support for helping to protect the headwaters of the East Fork of the French Broad River and for helping establish NC’s newest State Forest in Transylvania County. Hundreds of thousands of people rely upon the French Broad River for drinking water, electric power production and recreation.

– Bill Holman, NC State Director, The Conservation Fund



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.