We seek to protect and preserve this rugged and beautiful place as we appreciate our role of having a community within a park.
A commitment to the land and local culture is part of our heritage
Sustainability is not only rooted in the history of Balsam Mountain Preserve, it’s also part of our core mission statement today. Our community continues to make strides along three key pillars of our sustainability efforts: Social, Environmental, and Economic.
Social: In addition to our community members volunteering with local nonprofits, The Balsam Mountain Trust provides environmental education to 10 local elementary schools, leads bi-monthly continuing education sessions on cultural heritage, and more.
Environmental: Along with protecting 3,200 acres of the community in a conservation easement with forest stewardship, we also have robust environmental programming and amenities, including a Native Plant Program, Adopt a Trail Program, and water refill stations to reduce plastic waste. Our homes are built using Health Home Certified Builders, repurposed on-site materials, and geothermal heating and cooling.
Economic: Balsam is proud to provide support for socio-economic development through sourcing local foods for our restaurant, working with area businesses, and hiring team members from the surrounding community.
Thinking Beyond Today
In addition to our current sustainability efforts, we have even more ideas we are planning and exploring for the future. Here are just a few highlights:
Community compost facility
Electric golf carts
Community solar array
Green low-energy housing enclaves
Balsam Mountain Preserve has a wide range of environmental and social expertise, including social ventures, entomology, corporate sustainability, naturalists, forestry, native plants, socioeconomic development, green building and more.