Foundation makes 3-year grant to CTNC

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is continuing its generous support of our conservation efforts with a three-year, $225,000 grant.

The recent gift from the Foundation, based in Winston-Salem, will help us accelerate land and water protection, providing a strong foundation for healthy communities across the state through our support, promotion and representation of North Carolina’s 23 local land trusts, and our protection of land along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

By working with willing landowners to protect their properties, land trusts help protect drinking water supplies, parkland and trails, working farms and forests, wildlife habitat, and other natural areas. In North Carolina, they’re increasingly working with banks and the real estate community to protect foreclosed properties that have high conservation value; connecting more people especially children and their parents with nature; opening more land trust properties to the public; and creating alliances with people and communities who have not traditionally worked with or been served by land trusts.

CTNC helps their work by providing grants, making loans for land acquisitions, leading efforts to promote government funding and policy support for conservation, and building public awareness of the benefits of land conservation. We also work directly with landowners to protect properties along the Blue Ridge Parkway’s natural and scenic corridor.

“The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s generous grant is critical to helping CTNC and the land trust community adopt a new definition of shared success that includes not just acres protected but access for all people to conservation’s benefits,” Associate Director Margaret Newbold said. “The Foundation’s longstanding support of land conservation and building healthy communities has made a tremendous difference in quality of life for all North Carolinians. This grant in particular will allow CTNC to help North Carolina’s land trusts carry out new strategies in land and water protection during challenging economic times.”

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation was established in 1936 as a memorial to the youngest son of the founder of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and has made grants totaling $484 million to recipients in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties. The Foundation currently gives special attention to projects affecting community economic development, the environment, strengthening democracy, pre-collegiate education, and social justice and equity.