Triangle Land Conservancy is one of 20 land trusts to join the North Carolina Land Trust Federation, which will serve as a collective voice for the protection of our state’s natural resources.
Together, North Carolina’s land trusts have conserved hundreds of thousands of acres, many of which are now state and local parks that the public enjoys daily. The land trusts in the Federation are located throughout the state, from the coast to the mountains.
TLC Executive Director Sandy Sweitzer will serve as co-chair of the Federation along with Blue Ridge Conservancy Executive Director Charlie Brady.
“North Carolina is lucky to have a strong land trust community that works closely to protect the state’s natural habitats, farms, and waterways,” Sweitzer said. “Expanding land conservation efforts is increasingly important as we work to build climate resiliency and balance green space with population growth across our state.”
The Federation will replace the North Carolina Land Trust Council, an unincorporated association started by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), who for many years helped start and nurture local land trusts across the state. Due to the collective strength of the land trust community across the state, CTNC recently adopted a new strategic vision and no longer represents land trusts but is an equal member of the Federation.
The Federation will provide a forum for land trusts as they work in their regions and maintain their own individual identities.
Members of the Federation are:
- Black Family Land Trust
- Blue Ridge Conservancy
- Catawba Lands Conservancy
- Conservation Trust for North Carolina
- Conserving Carolina
- Davidson Lands Conservancy
- Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
- Eno River Association
- Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
- Highlands-Cashiers Conservancy
- Lumber River Conservancy
- Mainspring Conservation Trust
- New River Conservancy
- North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
- Piedmont Land Conservancy
- Smith Island Land Trust
- Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
- Tar River Land Conservancy
- Three Rivers Land Trust
- Triangle Greenways Council
- Triangle Land Conservancy