After a competitive nationwide selection process, Melanie Allen, CTNC’s Conservation and Diversity Coordinator, has received a fellowship award to initiate a project that works to bridge the gap between limited resource landowners and conservation professionals. This work will build upon the work CTNC is doing with the North Carolina Farm Turnaround Team, which meets with family farmers at the kitchen table to help identify and correct deficiencies and inefficiencies in their land management operation, and provide short term and long term strategies for turning things around.

TogetherGreen, a conservation initiative of the National Audubon Society and Toyota, selects 40 high-potential local leaders annually to receive a $10,000 grant. With the funds, Fellows conduct community projects to engage diverse audiences in habitat, water, or energy conservation. In addition to receiving support launching their conservation initiatives, the Fellows also benefit from specialized training and the opportunity to become part of an exciting alumni network of conservation professionals.

Learn more HERE about CTNC’s support to limited resource and minority landowners.