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An Outdoor Tradition

The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 225,000 acres across North Carolina that are now part of state game lands. Hunting has long been part of an American outdoor tradition, handed down from generation to generation.

White-tail deer hunting in particular helps keep deer populations at levels that are better for the species and the ecosystem. Find out how one Conservancy staff member embraced deer hunting as an ethical and sustainable way to feed his family.

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Oyster Reef Restoration

Building Reefs off the North Carolina Shore

© 2010 Andrew Kornylak

Many of us love a plump North Carolina oyster, whether it is raw, steamed or fried. But there are other reasons for restoring oyster reefs that affect even the vegans among us: Oysters provide habitat for other marine life, they improve our water quality and they provide valuable protection for shorelines.

The Nature Conservancy began its oyster reef restoration work in 2002 by creating an oyster shell recycling program with local businesses and using those shells to create offshore reefs. To date, we have built 1,900 linear feet of oyster reef in our state. Our goal? We would love to see healthy oysters reefs found all along North Carolina’s shoreline - restoring a cultural, economic and environmental pearl.

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