At Outdoor 76 we are passionate about helping local conservation efforts. That is why we have created the "828" initiative, which is helping raise awareness of conservation efforts of the lands and waters of western North Carolina. This is our chance to give back to our local conservation group, Mainspring Conservation Trust (formerly Land Trust for the Little Tennessee). Nestled within some of the oldest mountains on earth, the upper Little Tennessee River basin, and their surrounding mountain ranges, possesses a unique – yet threatened – natural and cultural heritage. With every "828" item purchased we will donate $2 to Mainspring Conservation Trust
Mainspring Conservation Trust Mission Statement:
Mainspring is dedicated to conserving the waters, forests, farms, and heritage of the Upper Little Tennessee and Hiwassee River Valleys. We work in partnership with private landowners, public agencies, and others to conserve land, insuring that the natural beauty, ecological integrity, and rural character of our region are preserved for generations to come.
In 2016, LTLT changed its name to Mainspring Conservation Trust to reflect what the organization has grown to be: the motivating force for conservation in the heart of the Southern Blue Ridge.