Panthertown Valley, covering six thousand acres in Jackson, Macon, and Transylvania Counties in western North Carolina, is an ecological treasure with rare plants and animals. The valley was damaged by heavy logging in the 1920s, and in the 1960s, under great pressure from developers who wanted to turn it into a resort and vacation area. Duke Power purchased it in 1987 to build a high-voltage transmission line. In 1989, the North Carolina Chapter of the Nature Conservancy paid Duke Power $8 million for the 6,000-acre tract. Today, through preservation efforts, the valley has regained its wild beauty.