Places We Protect

The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 700,000 acres in North Carolina, from the Outer Banks to the Southern Blue Ridge Mountains.

We give attention to the incredible life held in a single square meter while recognizing the need for large-scale restoration efforts in systems that span multiple state borders.


 

North Carolina Whole Systems

Our whole systems are regions of work with a unifying ecological feature, such as the longleaf pine forest, where we are working to protect high value conservation areas and their surrounding land and waters.  In each of these systems, we are using science to build resiliency and meet the needs of people as we tie each aspect of our workfrom land protection to policy engagementto place.

Albemarle-Pamlico Sound
This northeastern system includes the headwaters of the Chowan River, the lower 137 miles of the Roanoke River and an additional 7 blackwater rivers in North Carolina. Because much of what affects our waters and coastline begins north of the state line, we are working closely with the Virginia Chapter to guarantee protection and restoration throughout the region. Learn more >

Southern Blue Ridge
This is a region of extremes, featuring both the oldest river in North America and the highest peak east of the Mississippi River. In addition to our acquisition work, we are partnering across the mountains with the Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and South Carolina chapters to ensure the Southern Blue Ridge is well managed. Learn more >

Longleaf Pine
Encompassing the Sandhills, Southeast Coastal Plain, and Onslow Bight, this system has an incredible array of plants and animals. Unfortunately, longleaf pine and the wildlife that depend on the trees have been severely damaged by fire suppression. We are working with Chapters across nine statesVirginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texasto bring good fire back to the land. Learn more >

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