BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC – Wilson King moved to Beech Mountain 50 years ago. He is a real estate agent and also owns a ski shop.
“I found my place,” King said.
It’s a place he works hard to improve. This is shown on the plaque that now stands outside the town hall. The plaque states that Beech Mountain is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
“If it’s not important for four-legged animals, it’s not important for two-legged animals,” King said.
King lobbied for the city to seek certification because he says it will help keep the area vibrant.
Living near a resort, people come and go, but this plaque is a reminder.
“You walk through your door and you’re in the middle of the greatest spectacle on Earth. Deer, turkeys, all kinds of animals, bears, are right on your doorstep,” King said.
To be designated a wildlife habitat community, the town had to agree to provide what the animals need: food, water, places to sleep or shelter, and places to raise their babies. .
King hopes this designation will remind everyone in the area to work hard to keep Beech Mountain the beautiful place it is.
“If you haven’t experienced that nice calm, it’s hard for people to understand what it’s about,” King said.