Balsam Mountain Preserve is unlike any other master planned Club community in the Western North Carolina mountains, and perhaps unlike anywhere else in the U.S. for that matter. Because so much of the land has been protected from future development and is actively managed on a daily basis by the Balsam Mountain Trust, the Preserve has essentially evolved into a living laboratory.
As part of the ongoing stewardship mission of the Trust, colleges and universities are invited to utilize the protected land on the Preserve as both an outdoor classroom for students and a canvas for field research. Research projects that have taken place on the Preserve include botanical and zoological inventories, water quality monitoring, sustainable forest management, bird migration patterns, and reptile behavioral studies.
Currently, the Smithsonian Institute is studying migratory and behavioral pattens of the woodthrush species, right here at Balsam Mountain Preserve.
To date there have been over 35 scientific research projects conducted on the Preserve. The Trust invites researchers to develop proposals that would benefit both the scientist and the short and long term goals of the Trust's mission.