Representatives from Triangle Land Conservancy, Bank of America Foundation, and Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design at the grant presentation ceremony at Walnut Hill Nature Preserve on August 15, 2017
Triangle Land Conservancy announced today that it has received a $10,000 grant from the Bank of America Foundation that will support TLC’s community conservation goals through its popular Wild Ideas series. This support will enable TLC to reach larger audiences in more places.
“We are grateful for Bank of America Foundation’s commitment to conservation and education,” explained Triangle Land Conservancy’s Executive Director, Sandy Sweitzer. “This grant will allow TLC to cultivate the next generation of conservationists, engage our community in conversations about conservation, and further our mission.”
The grant will support the Wild Ideas series. Wild Ideas provides a dynamic, interactive venue for experts and the community to share their innovative ideas for how to safeguard clean water, protect natural habitats, support local farms and food, and connect people with nature. The next event in the series, Wild Ideas for Walnut Hill, is slated for November 2017. TLC is in the planning phase to open Walnut Hill Nature Preserve in eastern Wake County, a 406-acre property that will become the largest green space destination in Wake County along the 26-mile Neuse River Greenway. The area, known as Shotwell, is also one of the last rural farming communities in rapidly urbanizing Wake County with a long history of minority land ownership alongside land grant farms. In addition to trails that will link into the Neuse River and Clayton Greenways, Walnut Hill has 130 acres of prime farmland that will be activated with community partnerships to provide a center of cultural, agricultural, and natural heritage significance. One such partnership is with nearby Knightdale High School of Collaborative Design.
“At Bank of America, our focus on environmental stewardship is a critical component of how we grow responsibly as a company and help customers improve their financial lives,” said Kari Stoltz, Triangle Market President. “We are proud to support Triangle Land Conservancy as they help our community thrive by creating a healthier environment for our citizens and local businesses, enabling long-term sustainable growth.”
Triangle Land Conservancy strives to create a healthier and more vibrant Triangle region by safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature through land protection and stewardship, catalyzing community action, and collaboration.
About Triangle Land Conservancy
Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC) is a nonprofit organization seeking to conserve the wild and working lands in the Triangle that make it a great place to live, work, and play. Since 1983, TLC has protected nearly 18,000 acres in 166 places and owns 6 nature preserves that are open daily to the public. The newest of these preserves is Brumley Nature Preserve in Orange County.
Quality of life is a key reason that families, employers, employees, and retirees choose the Triangle as their home. The region will continue to develop as an estimated 1.3 million people move into our six-county service area within the next three decades.
TLC is committed to working with individuals, businesses, and government partners to balance this growth with open space preservation for the long-term sustainability and health of our local communities. We are also dedicated to the stewardship of our conserved lands in perpetuity, forever protecting the public benefits they provide, including clean water, natural habitats, farms and food, and access to nature. For more, visit www.triangleland.org.