Aligning Our Programs to Meet Community Goals

In the work to change the culture and practice of conservation, this means aligning our programs to better meet the community’s goals.

In 2020, our team aligned the goals of our AmeriCorps program to meet new priorities that advance equity, improve public access, and enrich all our lives. The new Resilience Corps NC will harness AmeriCorps funding to hire young leaders on a path to environmental stewardship, outreach and education. These young professionals will work alongside communities to address climate and conservation challenges through service.

Through Resilience Corps NC, CTNC partners with nonprofit host sites in our state to address issues related to disaster services, climate resiliency, race equity and environmental education. In addition, the program supports rising conservation leaders through real-world, hands-on experience, professional development, networking, community engagement and volunteerism. Resilience Corps NC leaders will develop unique skills and collaborate on service projects that strive to build bridges between conservation organizations and the local communities they seek to serve.

Lacey (center) sharing the load.

New Focus, New Leadership

With this renewed focus, we knew we had the right leadership in our ranks. We just needed to promote her. Lacey Frownfelter is starting her new role as Resilience Corps NC Program Director.

Nick DiColandrea, current AmeriCorps Project Director, has found his next big gig and will leave CTNC in September. Nick’s legacy is building this program, but we’ll miss his can-do attitude, serious Star Wars cred, and steadfast guidance for young leaders.

Looking for a New Team Member

Lacey is currently looking to hire a full-time AmeriCorps Program Associate who will enjoy an expanded role and new responsibilities on the team. Please share this job description widely with your networks.

Resilience Corps NC Members Support COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

“My end goal is medical school, but rather than pursuing clinical research, I want to focus on how the socio-political and biocultural processes shape the daily affairs of medicine: illness, pain, birth, and death,” said Murphy Liu, 26, of Lenoir, North Carolina. “AmeriCorps gives me the chance to engage with the community, which, in turn, allows me to understand and address factors contributing to COVID-19 disparities and to develop sustainable health interventions. Health workers are not shaped only by where they go to school, but the environment of where they choose to practice.”

Murphy is just one of the two dozen volunteers who’ve been serving with Wake County Public Health since January as part of an emerging partnership between the department and CTNC’s Resilience Corps NC program. On any given day, these volunteers could be serving at one of Wake County’s three mass vaccination sites, visiting businesses to help educate them about COVID-19 best practices for their employees and customers, distributing food staples in hard hit economic areas, and promoting testing in high infection ZIP codes around the county.

Members are currently stationed at the PNC Arena #COVID19 vaccination site in Raleigh supporting vaccine distribution. Representative David Price spoke with members Loren, Kayla, Murphy, and Mary Grace about their AmeriCorps experience and commitment to service. Representative Price asked members how they’re serving North Carolinians & why they chose AmeriCorps. Watch the video now.

“I am thrilled that our Resilience Corps NC members had an opportunity to be recognized and represent AmeriCorps members serving throughout North Carolina by Rep. David Price during AmeriCorps Week,” said Nick DiColandrea, CTNC’s director of Resilience Corps NC. “The service that our members and their over 500 peers seving across North Carolina give to communities deserve our sincere and utmost gratitude. For them to have a chance to be recognized by Rep. David Price, a Congressional national service champion and recently honored National Service Hall of Fame Inductee brings me immense pride and joy. “

Resilience Corps NC members support vaccine distribution at PNC Arena.

“We appreciate our AmeriCorps volunteers for committing a year of service to important COVID-19 efforts,” remarked Dr. Kim McDonald, Wake County Public Health Director Medical Director Wake County Public Health Services. “They have extended our capacity to reach and serve more people in our county.”

Learn more about Resilience Corps NC and how the program advances our goals to build a more resilient, just North Carolina alongside communities.

Asheville Watershed Conservation Easement

A Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence

CTNC Earns National Recognition from Land Trust Accreditation Commission

Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC) is proud to share it has renewed its land trust accreditation – proving once again that, as part of a network of over 400 accredited land trusts across the nation, it is committed to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“Renewing our accreditation shows CTNC’s ongoing commitment to permanent land conservation in North Carolina,” said Chris Canfield, executive director. “We are a stronger organization than ever for having gone through the rigorous accreditation renewal process. Our strength means natural areas from the Blue Ridge Parkway to central North Carolina and the coastal region will be protected forever, so our communities will be more resilient for our children.”

CTNC provided extensive documentation and was subject to a comprehensive third-party evaluation prior to achieving this distinction. The Land Trust Accreditation Commission awarded renewed accreditation, signifying its confidence that our conserved lands will be protected forever. Accredited land trusts now steward almost 20 million acres – the size of Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined.

“It is exciting to recognize CTNC’s continued commitment to national standards by renewing this national mark of distinction,” said Melissa Kalvestrand, executive director of the Commission. “Donors and partners can trust the more than 400 accredited land trusts across the country are united behind strong standards and have demonstrated sound finances, ethical conduct, responsible governance, and lasting stewardship.”

Conservation Trust for North Carolina is one of 1,363 land trusts across the United States according to the Land Trust Alliance’s most recent National Land Trust Census.

About the Land Trust Accreditation Commission

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission inspires excellence, promotes public trust and ensures permanence in the conservation of open lands by recognizing organizations that meet rigorous quality standards and strive for continuous improvement. The Commission, established in 2006 as an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, is governed by a volunteer board of diverse land conservation and nonprofit management experts. For more, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org.

A sincere apology

Since the early 2000s, CTNC has been committed to adopting diversity, equity, and inclusion principles into our programs. In 2019, we deepened this path by adopting a values-driven approach to our work. One of those values is authenticity.

Recently, we were given credit for developing a training tool that seeks to educate land trusts on the racialized history of land ownership and land loss as a path to adopting race equity principles within an organization. Although we have found value using this training tool to educate our own staff, board, and partners on the intersection between conservation and race equity, we did not develop the original materials. We should have acknowledged those who did. For that omission, we are sorry.

We’re humbly grateful to the originators of the Land Loss Timeline – dRworks staff, including Vivette Jeffries-Logan and Cristina Rivera-Chapman — and those who have expanded its uses for CTNC — Melanie Allen, Justin Robinson, and Victoria Chetty. Their collective work has been influential in helping CTNC lift up the importance of race equity in conservation.

We honor BIPOC conservationists who tirelessly help build a better conservation sector for all people. We remain committed to examining how white and BIPOC allies, together, can advance conservation in ways that build resilient, just communities for the benefit of all people; seed race equity in conservation; and understand how we as an organization can be authentic and supportive partners to the communities we serve alongside now and in the future.

Signed by Jamilla Hawkins and the CTNC Board of Directors

Investing in Resilient Watersheds

Your donation can make the difference for ensuring communities have safe, healthy drinking water in perpetuity.

Few things are more fundamental to life than water. We need water in the right amounts in the right places with the highest quality. Yet more and more we face water shortages, water quality declines, and rising waters that flood communities.

Since conserving our first property in 1993, CTNC has made significant contributions to the protection of water for millions of North Carolinians. We’ve provided direct watershed conservation by securing conservation easements on the Asheville and Waynesville watersheds. We’ve also conserved land further upstream that serves to store, filter, and clean water as it makes its way to larger sources. Your investment in our work has often been an investment in what makes North Carolina truly resilient: water.

CTNC’s new strategic plan further strengthens our resolve to protect and conserve land to clean and better manage water for all people throughout our state. Our work helps to ensure that clean water is a right enjoyed by everyone – regardless of wealth, race, or geography.

The key to healthy land and well-managed water is an engaged community that identifies threats and finds solutions to care for the places they love. As part of our conservation community, you have made a tremendous impact on our efforts to conserve land and water for North Carolina.

CTNC’s work in partnership with the Town of Princeville along the Tar River is an extension of this effort to protect water resources for North Carolinians. As you may have seen, the final “Floodprint” for the Town of Princeville was just released by the NC State Coastal Dynamics Lab. This detailed plan shows how smart conservation and landscape planning will help the town survive future floods while building a vibrant economy that preserves and celebrates Princeville’s proud history.

Plans are already being put into action through a $200,000 investment by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The first phase of the Floodprint effort includes a collaborative community project to build water-absorbing, green infrastructure around the Princeville Elementary School for the benefit of its students and the surrounding community.

In the Triangle, CTNC was awarded a $250,000 grant from the Caterpillar Foundation to fund local land trusts working to protect land in the Upper Neuse River Basin. This money will go directly into land acquisition along the Neuse River so citizens in the Triangle have fresh and healthy drinking water. CTNC’s financial support of our conservation partners continues to be an important part of our work.

Thanks to multiple funding partners and support from generous donors like you – we continue to make major strides toward building resilient, just communities throughout North Carolina. Because of your investment in our work, we are able to develop a model for community resilience that can be replicated across the state and the nation.

Can you help CTNC continue to protect water resources in North Carolina by conserving critical land that benefits your community? Together, we are ensuring that conservation benefits everyone.

This year, we have set a very ambitious goal of raising $130,000 by December 31 and we simply cannot meet this goal without your help. A gift before the end of the year would help ensure that we are able to continue our conservation work in 2021 and that our model for conservation is one that other organizations across the country not only learn from, but also emulate and implement in their own communities. You have been with us every step of the way as we built a bold new concept of conservation. Can you make a gift today in support of our work?

Round-Up for Resilience

CTNC is excited to launch a NEW way to invest in conservation and resilient communities. We’ve partnered with Harness to help you collect your spare change for a great cause.

Small gifts make a BIG impact!

The Round-Up for Resilience campaign is an easy, stress-free way to make an impact on conservation. With Harness and CTNC, you can set aside your spare change for a monthly donation that will help us conserve more land for climate resilience, racial equity, and community health.

Think about it! If you set aside $0.20 or $0.30 after each credit card transaction, that could add up to real impact by the end of the year. Are you ready to round up for resilience?

Round-Up Your Spare Change

Asheville Greenworks' Dawn Chávez
Asheville Riverside Park