Since 1983, Triangle Land Conservancy has worked to save the places you love and the land we need to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature.

fall colored trees reflected on pond

WhitePines walking

Hiking at White Pines Nature Preserve.

It takes a community to conserve. Thanks to the generous support of our dedicated members, partners, and volunteers, TLC has built a tremendous record of success:

  • We have permanently conserved 23,000 acres of land in the Triangle. Many private landowners have worked with TLC to conserve their properties voluntarily. TLC also owns and manages conserved lands, including eight nature preserves open to the public for free every day of the year.
  • We have created a strong community of people who cherish open spaces and have committed themselves to protecting these important natural resources for the benefit of our community now and in the future. Join our community by becoming a member today and gain access to special communications, events, and networking opportunities.
  • We work to leverage resources and serve as a regional catalyst for conservation in the region. Through strategic planning, targeted initiatives, and partnerships, we determine which investments will provide the strongest conservation value in our community.

Vision & Mission

In 2018, TLC developed a strategic plan for optimizing the organization’s role, effectiveness, and relevance. The plan sets aggressive goals for TLC to protect 25,000 acres by 2025 — an average of 1,000 acres per year. Discover what inspires our work.

Our Values

TLC fosters a community of mutual respect and trust through authentic and transparent communication. We care about people.

TLC is an open-minded and inclusive organization that encourages diversity and new ideas. Read our statement on diversity, equity, and inclusion, and find resources that have helped our staff here.

We are more effective when we work together than alone.

TLC is an organization that values innovation and encourages creativity in our work and the work of others.

TLC promotes individual learning within the staff, volunteers, members, and community to foster the creative growth of the organization.

Ethical Actions
We are a faithful, conscientious, and honest steward of all the resources entrusted to us.

We are an organization dedicated to the stewardship of the earth with the commitment to building a stronger community for the benefit of all.

Our History

Triangle Land Conservancy’s legacy is rooted in the convictions and actions of a few community members who joined together in 1983 to protect a small piece of land. Their vision — to preserve vital natural habitats — has carried us forward for over 35 years. Uncover their story.  

Our Community


“I just really love the outdoors. For me, it’s the belief in something bigger than myself and also having the ability to leave a legacy, because this is all we’ve got.” – Eric Ginsburg, TLC Member

Over 3,000 people living, working, and playing in the Triangle support land conservation as members of Triangle Land Conservancy. Become a member now.

Board of Directors

TLC’s Board of Directors sets the course for our work and mission. Our volunteer board members work together to adopt sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies to advance TLC’s effectiveness and long-term sustainability. Meet our board members.


The TLC staff is a diverse group of professionals all committed to advancing land conservation in the Triangle. Meet our staff or explore job opportunities with TLC.

Annual Reports

Every year, TLC develops an annual report to summarize the accomplishments your support made possible. Learn what steps we are taking every year towards a healthier, more vibrant Triangle by reading the reports.


TLC is an accredited land trust. The accreditation seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation. It is awarded to land trusts meeting the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence.

Each accredited land trust completes a rigorous review process and joins a network of organizations united by strong ethical practices. This trusted network of land trusts has demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions, and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve.

The seal is awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The volunteers who serve on the Commission represent a diverse group of land conservation and nonprofit management experts from around the country. For more information please visit landtrustaccreditation.org or click the seal below.


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