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Below are a variety of stories about our favorite conservation people, projects and goings-on in North Carolina. Many of these appear in our monthly Great Places e-newsletter.
This December, Julie Chappell is celebrating her 30th anniversary with the Conservancy. Read more.
NC Chapter's Fred Annand recently visited with Lisa Horak’s third grade class to tell them about the work that he is doing in Kenya. Read more.
This summer, the Conservancy in North Carolina crossed a big milestone – protecting its 700,000th acre! Read more.
Don Spude’s first contact with The Nature Conservancy was in the 1970s at a hike at Toft’s Point, a Conservancy preserve on Lake Michigan. Read more.
When she was a Nature Conservancy employee, Debbie Shetterly helped to protect several thousand acres in Hickory Nut Gorge. Today she is continuing her work in the Gorge. Read more.
Southeast Coastal Plain Project Director Dan Ryan recently spent two weeks in Columbia on a work exchange program. Read more.
Newly acquired Sage's Ridge will be a great place for Venus flytraps and endangered woodpeckers. Read more.
Help us decide which of Durham's sustainable restaurants will win! Read more.
“Longleaf pine is my favorite ecosystem,” says Studenmund as he sits in his backyard bounded by a greenhouse, a garden and a chicken coop. Read more.
The U.S. Forest Service owns 3.2 million acres in the Southern Blue Ridge, and one million of those are in North Carolina. For TNC to have a voice in how those acres are managed is not only great for our state but has huge leveraging potential. Read more.
We want to help you enjoy Earth Day with our staff's favorite picnic foods. Read more.
TNC's Fred Annand has worked on acquisitions in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge for more than three decades; The latest comes this fall with the purchase of a conservation easement. Read more.
Mike Norris loves his job restoring longleaf forest in North Carolina’s sandhills. Read More.
Betty Anne and Gary Schenk have spent a good part of their lives in exotic, tropical locales. Read more.
In 2005, the General Assembly added the Venus flytrap to its list of official state symbols; Becky Westbrooks is determined to do right by the state’s carnivorous plant. Read more.
When Rob Dejournett was growing up in Hawaii, he learned to love the outdoors. “I grew up outside,” he explains. “That’s what you do in Hawaii.” Read more.
Growing up in her native Germany, there was never any doubt that Margit Bucher would spend much of her life outside. Read more.
There are many ways to support The Nature Conservancy. Maura High covers the whole gamut. Read more.
The Conservancy’s controlled burning usually occurs in winter on TNC-owned property. That changed this year thanks to a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Read more.
Orchids aren’t confined to exotic tropical locales or fancy greenhouses. One hot spot is Brunswick County. Fifteen species have been identified in the Green Swamp and surrounding areas. That drew the attention of the American Orchid Society, which recently raised $10,000 to restore the Conservancy’s Myrtle Head Savanna Preserve. Read more.
The Conservancy has worked at Nags Head Woods for more than 30 years. But, there is still work to be done as evidenced by a recent 20-acre purchase. Money was provided by the Town of Nags Head, a member bequest and longtime Conservancy supporter Fred Stanback. Read more.
On-the-ground conservation often involves delayed gratification. It can take years to know if something is actually working. This summer, Albemarle Climate Change Adaptation Project Director Brian Boutin got to experience what is just about as close to instant gratification as you can get with the creation of a new oyster reef off of Swanquarter National Wildlife Refuge. Read more.
Winston-Salem physician and Conservancy trustee Malcolm Brown has long appreciated The Nature Conservancy’s work. He attributes his love to a few very special experiences throughout his life. Read more
Although the Conservancy has protected nearly 700,000 acres across a number of river basins in North Carolina, we don’t have a really good idea about what is going on in all these basins today and how they are likely to change in the future. That’s the point of freshwater research that was started by TNC’s former Science Director Cat Burns. Read more
It may sound counterintuitive, but Kimberly Meitzen is interested in water because she grew up in the desert. The El Paso, Texas native used to run along levees on the Rio Grande, where there was often no river water to be seen. “That made me appreciate the value of water,” she says. Read more
The Conservancy is addressing one of its top conservation priorities—protecting forests for the carbon they sequester—through a partnership called the Berau Forest Carbon Program. Scott Belan traveled to the rain forest to learn more about the project on the ground. - Read more
Although TNC doesn’t have any projects in Mecklenburg County, there are strong ties between our organization and the Charlotte area. Much of that connection comes from UNC-Charlotte’s biology program – work that was important to several key Conservancy projects: the Green Swamp in the Southeast Coastal Plain, Hickory Nut Gorge in the Southern Blue Ridge and Black Ankle Bog in the Piedmont.. Read more
No one knows how Phoenix Mountain got its name, but it lived up to that moniker this spring. “I liken it to the Phoenix bird rising from the ashes,” explains the Conservancy’s Merrill Lynch. Read more
Chefs around NC celebrate local food this Earth Day by sharing their favorite picnic recipes. Read more.