September 16, 2015

Land for Tomorrow commends the General Assembly for increasing funding for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF), the Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF), and the Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund (ADFPTF).  The budget includes over $17 million in additional funding for these three trust funds over the biennium, which is a substantial increase from recent years.  Investments in clean water, parks, farmland and forest protection are critical to our economy, health, quality of life, and to military readiness.  In particular, Land for Tomorrow commends Senator Harry Brown, Senator Brent Jackson, Representative Nelson Dollar, Representative Chuck McGrady, and Representative Pat McElraft for their leadership in advocating for additional conservation funding. We look forward to celebrating the centennial of our great system of state and local parks with the Governor, General Assembly and citizens of North Carolina in 2016 and beyond. *see breakdown of funding below

We also strongly support keeping the state’s natural resource and conservation programs, including State Parks, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program, together in one Department. We thank the General Assembly for including the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program in the new Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. We look forward to working with the leadership of the new Department to conserve and appreciate North Carolina’s natural and cultural treasures.

*The FY15-17 budget includes:

  • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
    • A base budget of $11,675,530
    • An additional $5 million (nonrecurring) in FY 15-16
    • An additional $1 million (recurring) in both years for military buffers
    • Total funding for the biennium: $38.7M
  • Parks and Recreation Trust Fund
    • A base budget of $13,000,000
    • An additional $190,924 (recurring) in FY15-16
    • An additional $4,427,007 (recurring) in FY16-17
    • An additional $6,000,00 (nonrecurring) in FY16-17
    • Total funding for biennium: $37.2 M
  • Funding for State Parks Centennial
    • $250,000 in FY15-16
    • $200,000 in FY16-17
  • Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
    • An additional $1 million (recurring) in both years for military buffers
    • Total funding for the biennium: $5,216,752

Land for Tomorrow Releases 2014 Conservation Yearbook

In conjunction with its annual Lobby Day, Land for Tomorrow released its 2014 Conservation Year Book, which tells the stories of some of our state’s “faces of conservation” and provides a county-by-county listing of successful conservation projects made possible by the state’s three conservation trust funds.

Conservation supporters from across North Carolina came to Raleigh to educate state legislators about how important land and water conservation are to our state’s health, economy, and quality of life.  Participants pushed for increased funding of the state’s three successful conservation trust funds. It’s an investment in the future!

Land for Tomorrow is advocating for $25 million per year for the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, $25 million per year for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, and $5 million per year for the Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.

Land for Tomorrow Applauds Clean Water Management Trust Fund Board

RALEIGH, N.C. – September 17, 2014: North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) continues to fund outstanding land and water conservation projects across the state.

During its September 16 meeting in Raleigh, the board approved funding for 23 land conservation projects that will safeguard water quality, provide recreational opportunities, preserve important cultural sites and wildlife habitat. Funds for these 23 projects totaled more than $9.3 million out of an overall $12.7 million allocated by the board, with the additional funds going to stream restoration and innovative stormwater projects.

Funded projects included top priorities for the North Carolina Department of Parks and Recreation, Wildlife Resources Commission, Department of Agriculture and the Department of Cultural Resources. Projects receiving funding include:

  • $1 million for an addition to the NC Forest Service’s Headwaters Forest project on the North Fork of the French Broad River (Transylvania County)
  • $1 million for an addition to Chimney Rock State Park (Rutherford County)
  • $123,640 for an addition to the Department of Cultural Resources Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site (Johnson and Wayne Counties)
  • $1 million for an addition to the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Sandhills Game Land (Scotland County)
  • $180,444 to the Conservation Trust for North Carolina for the protection of a historic apple orchard adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway

A number of North Carolina’s local land trusts received awards, including the Carolina Mountains Land Conservancy, the Blue Ridge Conservancy, the Sandhills Area Land Trust, the Tar River Land Conservancy, Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, Eno River Association, the Land Trust for Little Tennessee, and the LandTrust for Central North Carolina.

Reid Wilson, executive director of the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and a member of the Land for Tomorrow executive committee, applauded the board for continuing to fund conservation projects across the state, “The Clean Water Management Trust Fund took decisive action to conserve high priority natural lands that will protect drinking water supplies and clean air, preserve critical wildlife habitat, and expand recreational and cultural opportunities for North Carolina families.”

In its most recent budget, the General Assembly increased funding for the CWMTF to $14.1 million dollars for this fiscal year. However, conservation advocates point out that additional funding is needed to meet the state’s needs. During this annual funding cycle, local governments, conservation non-profits, and state agencies submitted a total of 105 applications totaling over $56 million, the majority of which did not receive funding.

“The legislature continues to show its support for land and water conservation by providing small increases to the Clean Water Management Trust Fund’s budget,” said Will Morgan, Director of Government Relations for The Nature Conservancy. “However, additional funding is needed to meet the growing demand for conservation in our rapidly developing state.”

Water and land conservation is a critical goal as North Carolina’s population continues to grow. Not only is conservation the most cost-effective way to ensure future residents have clean drinking water, but it also provides the parks, recreation and quality of life that business leaders seek when expanding or relocating companies in our state.

For more information:

Will Morgan, (336) 707 9019

Debbie Crane, (919) 619-8613


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