Strong Communities

Conserving land for individual and community health

There are numerous threats to the continued health of not just our lands, but our communities. The key to healthy land and water in North Carolina is an engaged community of people who help identify threats to the places they love. Meaningful engagement with local people on the ground is critical to creating a resilient state that will meet the challenges ahead.

Our History

For nearly three decades, we have worked alongside our partners, landowners and elected officials to conserve some of North Carolina’s most treasured lands. Our work along the Blue Ridge Parkway has protected more than 35,000 acres of wild and scenic areas of the state. We have helped build one of the strongest land conservation communities in the country. Together with local land trusts and other partners, we have advocated for and won significant public support for land protections.

CTNC will continue to champion conservation success that is led by people. We will develop more inclusive conservation plans and actions that serve the communities impacted by our work and will continue to factor these potential impacts into our ongoing land conservation efforts along the Blue Ridge Parkway and throughout the state.

Our Process

The lands of North Carolina tell the stories of our past, contribute to our well-being now and, if well protected, provide the resources needed to cope with the challenges of the future. The land we protect will safeguard clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, natural beauty, recreation, cultural heritage and community health and prosperity for all.

To ensure all people share in the benefits of healthy lands, we are committed to a process that finds even greater funding for land and water conservation, includes and serves more racially and socioeconomically diverse communities, factors the impacts of climate change into long-range plans and increasingly connects land conservation to the economic and social needs of all the people in our state.

A Proposed Solution:

By working to incorporate strategic conservation into non-traditional approaches like city planners, community development, education, and local agriculture, we can work across sectors to bring together dynamic leaders to build healthier and more resilient communities for all of North Carolina's people.

Are you ready to join us?

Let's build strong communities through smart conservation planning.