Big or small, North Carolina land trusts increasingly are meeting the needs of their communities through partnerships, engagement and outreach.
That’s about 1,154,086 football fields!
North Carolina land trusts are community-led and supported and protect lands and waters that help the entire state.
139 years old (1883)
15 years old (2007)
28 years old
Acre by acre, land trusts are helping to conserve North Carolina lands, waters and ways of life.
Disclaimer: Land trusts conserve land in many different ways and every project is unique. Category totals may change depending on how acres are reported by survey respondents to reflect the most current data and minimize double-counting. In some instances, the total may be greater than the sum of the separate categories due to organizations that provided total acres not broken down by category.
This information reflects data collected in the National Land Trust Census, the longest-running comprehensive survey of private land conservation in America. Learn more about the Census and see which land trusts participated in the 2020 National Land Trust Census.
Land trusts across the state are helping find solutions to some of North Carolina's most pressing issues.
Saving family farms: The North Carolina-based Black Family Land trust, which works primarily in the Southeast, works with Black land owners and farmers to preserve their land assets. The organization provides education and technical and financial support to landowners, while encouraging them to consider their land heritage in planning for the future. "We're one of the nation's only land trusts dedicated to the protection of African-American land and land owned by other historically underserved populations," says Executive Director Ebonie Alexander.Read more
Addressing community needs: The Carolina Thread Trail is a regional network of greenways and blueways spanning 15 counties in two states around Charlotte, which is expected to lose a quarter of its forestland by 2025. The accredited Catawba Lands Conservancy is engaging communities along the planned route for the trail as it seeks to balance anticipated growth with conservation.Read more
Land Trust Alliance member land trusts, listed below, commit to adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices as their guiding principles.