In 2018, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy was awarded two $15,000 grants to survey conservation easements on farms owned by the Rogers Family in the Crabtree community of Haywood County. The area includes significant headwaters of the Pigeon River, which is now protected forever from real estate development. Photo courtesy of SAHC.

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) license creating the Pigeon River Fund (PRF) in 1996 as well as the PRF Fund Agreement defined the objectives of the grant program as follows:
  • To improve surface water quality,
  • To enhance fish and wildlife management habitats,
  • To expand public use and access to waterways, and
  • To increase citizens' awareness about their roles in protecting these resources.
  • Refer to the License Statement for additional detail.
Through November 2018, more than $7.1 million has been awarded in grants by the Pigeon River Fund to projects in Haywood, Buncombe and Madison counties. The Pigeon River Fund was established in 1996 through an agreement between Progress Energy and the State of North Carolina. The grant program is administered by The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

Review the Pigeon River Fund License Statement


To learn more about the Pigeon River Fund, please contact:

Tara Scholtz
Senior Program Officer

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