The Trust

The Balsam Mountain Trust is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization created by Balsam Mountain Preserve's development team and is funded, in perpetuity, by real estate transfer fees as well as donations and grants.

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, achieved through effective land management practices, scientific research, and environmental education.

The Balsam Mountain Trust website is on-line and waiting for your discovery at  No other community in the mountains of North Carolina offers its owners and the surrounding community such a life enriching resource.  Check it out to see what we mean!

View the Balsam Mountain Trust summary, a wonderful brochure that outlines the extraordinary contributions the Trust makes to the community and to Balsam's members.  No other master-planned community in the North Carolina mountains has an organization that contributes so much to the experience of living in this remarkable part of the world.

Preserving Balsam

The Trust is charged with the preservation and stewardship of the Preserve's natural and cultural resources. Performance of these functions is achieved in the following ways:

  • The Trust manages the 3,000 acres of land on the Preserve that has been set aside in a permanent conservation easement - this is land that will never be developed.  This land serves as the living laboratory for scientific research and exploration.
  • The Trust provides environmental education outreach to Preserve members, guests, educational institutions and residents of the surrounding communities. These programs have shown great promise in building on an already established legacy of environmental stewardship cultivated the people of Western North Carolina. The Trust also partners with universities that utilize Trust land as an outdoor laboratory.
  • The Trust cooperates with the developer and the Property Owners' Association to implement sound land management plans that are in keeping with the careful building practices and environmental awareness that are at the core of the company's philosophy.
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