Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project mission is to promote and support efforts to balance economic development and environmental management in the Uwharrie Lakes Region.

In 1991, sprawling development had begun to encroach from the surrounding cities along Interstate 85 and Interstate 40 into the rural counties of the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin. Historically divided by the river, residents of Rowan, Davidson, Randolph, Stanly, Montgomery, Anson and Richmond Counties united to begin a strategic plan for balanced growth.

This plan called for preservation of a shared quality of life defined by the river, the forests, and the open landscape and development of the region’s economy through eco-tourism, outdoor recreation, heritage tourism, and small business development. In 1994, The Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project was formally incorporated as a private, non-profit organization to implement the plan. Since then, the Project has been actively involved in working with public and private interests in finding ways for the region to grow its economy while preserving its natural and cultural assets. The purpose of The Yadkin-Pee Dee Lakes Project is to serve as a clearinghouse for information on sustainable economic development, support regional projects, garner public support for and understanding of long-term, regional planning, and to coordinate local, county, and regional efforts.