Protect. Assist. Connect. Our Unique Role in Conservation.
For more than 20 years, the Conservation Trust for North Carolina has helped save the places you love – streams, forests, farms, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, parks, and trails. We work with local land trusts, landowners, communities, and government agencies to protect these natural treasures, so that all North Carolinians can enjoy safe drinking water, clean air, fresh local foods, and recreational opportunities, for generations to come. Our conservation mission has three major elements. We:
Protect the Blue Ridge Parkway
Assist 23 local land trusts
Connect people to the land
PROTECT: Working with landowners who want to conserve the land they love, we’ve protected over 31,000 acres in more than 50 places along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We’ve preserved pristine mountain streams, historic trails, healthy forests, and spectacular Parkway views. We’ve helped conserve the drinking water supply watersheds for Asheville (17,000 acres) and Waynesville (8,000 acres). We’ve conveyed to the National Park Service (or other public agencies) 26 properties (over 3,000 acres) that can now be enjoyed by the public forever.
ASSIST: We promote, support and represent 23 local land trusts so that they can conserve more land in the communities they serve.
- We’ve loaned over $12 million to land trusts to conserve 30 properties totaling 7,500 acres valued at $28 million.
- We advocate at the state legislature and in Congress for funding, tax incentives, and policies that boost conservation.
- We’ve distributed over $14 million in grants from foundations, government agencies, and CTNC’s own funds to land trusts to support their work.
- We promote land trusts’ conservation successes in traditional media outlets and through social media.
- We convene North Carolina’s land trust community and provide leadership on emerging issues.
North Carolina’s land trusts comprise a sophisticated network of creative, accomplished organizations that work tirelessly to preserve lands in their communities. Collectively, our state’s land trusts (including CTNC) have conserved over 400,000 acres in nearly 2,500 locations, in all 100 counties. These special places will provide safe drinking water, clean air, local foods, and opportunities for recreation and renewal for generations to come.
CONNECT: CTNC and other land trusts connect people from all ages, communities, and walks of life with the land. Through two innovative programs, we’re reestablishing young peoples’ vital connection with nature. Our NC Youth Conservation Corps provides paid summer jobs to 16-24 year olds to enhance preserved natural areas for public use. Our Conservation and Diversity Program brings conservation to urban areas and low-income communities through paid summer internships for minority college students, community gardens, pocket parks, and outreach to low-resource farmers to help them save their land.