Brown thinks the freshwater study will benefit all North Carolinians.
Winston-Salem physician and Conservancy trustee Malcolm Brown has long appreciated The Nature Conservancy’s work. He attributes that love to a few very special experiences throughout his life. Brown once lived outside New York City where he enjoyed taking walks with his children at the Mianus River Gorge Preserve, 60-acres in Eastern New York State that was actually the Conservancy’s very first acquisition.
He has also visited many of the Conservancy’s North Carolina preserves during his tenure. According to him, a helicopter flight to the New River Headwaters was particularly memorable: “There is still a lot of open land between here and the mountains, but then you see a big swath of land with houses in the middle of nowhere,” he remembers. “You want to try and preserve that land for the future.”
He also has fond memories of the beautiful maritime forest next to the ocean at our Nags Head Woods Preserve. “We sat on this huge sand dune and watched the sunset,” he said.
Brown understands the need for land acquisition in this state, but he has more recently set his sights on a larger project – that of supporting the state’s first freshwater resiliency assessment. “One of the things that I am worried about is water in this country,” he explains. “It is important to know where it is and how good it will be in the future.”
Brown notes that while most of the Conservancy’s acquisitions have been in the Southern Appalachian Mountains and on the Coastal Plain, far from and sometimes unknown to the state’s population bases in the Piedmont, the Conservancy’s freshwater work will be important to every single person in the state. And that is a cause he is happy to support.July 18, 2012
Debbie Crane is Director of Communications for the North Carolina Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Laura Smith assisted with the web-adaptation of this piece.