A landcare group is a community-based group of volunteers working on conservation projects that contribute to positive environmental, social and economic outcomes. Developing financially viable local landcare groups and getting existing landcare-like groups to sponsor landcare conservation projects in the southern Appalachian region represents an opportunity to build widespread support for the ecological restoration and protection of the southern Appalachian landscape.
With help from the Land-of-Sky Regional Council, the Montreat Landcare Team formed in January 2007 and became the first landcare group in North Carolina. The team has brainstormed a list of about twenty potential projects ranging from erosion control to environmental education to electric vehicles to a website with a scientific database of projects.
An effort is underway to start a landcare movement in the United States. Montreat and the Land-of-Sky Regional Council is part of that effort.