Carolina Land and Lakes works to support the local economy in each county we serve. The Mountain Island Educational State Forest, Firewise USA and Education are only a few examples.

Mountain Island Educational State Forest

Carolina Land and Lakes worked with an advisory committee to secure $3.16 million needed to open Mountain Island Educational state forest to the public. CLL worked with Gaston and Lincoln Counties as well as the City of Gastonia, local Soil and Water boards as well as staff from the state forest to develop plans for the education center.


Firewise USA

Carolina Land and Lakes is working with the Firewise USA program through National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) to educate communities in our counties about the risk of wildfire. Firewise USA is a program that educates homeowners about  techniques to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to communities. 

 For more information visit their website.


Pellet Industry Development

Carolina Land and Lakes has been working with interested investors in finding the right time to develop a wood pellet mill industry in western NC from waste wood. After completing a feasibility study we determined western NC could support a pellet mill with the waste wood created from logging, wood flooring businesses and from the furniture industry. Our wood pellet project demonstrates some of the uses of the pellets such as replacement fuel for poultry users, replacement fuel for greenhouse operators and many more. The end goal is a wood for school’s program where outdated and inefficient boilers can be replaced with a pellet furnace; pellet furnaces in hospitals, prisons and other large users; and the residential user. With the focus of a consistent source of pellets for these users Carolina Land and Lakes will continue to explore this business opportunity and to assist the right investors in making this happen in one or more of our communities.