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Land for Tomorrow thanks the General Assembly for continuing to fund the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, Parks & Recreation Trust Fund, and Agricultural Development & Farmland Preservation Trust Fund in the Appropriations Act of 2017. However, Land for Tomorrow is concerned that in a year of budget surplus, the General Assembly is appropriating fewer dollars for conservation, which more than 70 percent of North Carolinians broadly support. The Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) and Parks & Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) are both appropriated fewer dollars in 2017 than in 2016. While the budget does increase funding for the read more »
In early March, Land for Tomorrow conducted a statewide poll to determine how voters feel about public funding for land and water conservation. Here are the key findings: 73% of registered voters support restoring public funding to $100 million for the state’s three conservation trust funds to conserve forests, working farms, parks and historic sites, as well as preventing polluted runoff from contaminating rivers, lakes, creeks and groundwater. 95% of registered voters say protecting sources of drinking water is important 79% of registered voters say preserving working farms is important 78% of registered voters say protecting fish and wildlife is read more »
Red Hat is an international leader when it comes to enterprise open source software. That means the company must attract highly educated, young professionals who are in big demand. To stay on top, Red Hat must appeal to those men and women. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst says the quality of life found in the community is an important part of that appeal. “Our biggest competition isn’t for our customers, it’s for the best talent,” he explains. “The best and brightest have their choice of where to work – both companies and locations. More and more, we are finding that read more »
The Lindley family has operated their 182-acre dairy farm in Chatham County since the late 1800s. Neill Lindley, the fifth generation of farmers in the family, still owns and runs the farm today. Lindley took over his family’s farm with his wife Cori in 1982 after graduating from NC State University. In 2009, along with help from his father Darryle and son Neill Jr., the Lindleys began to transition away from traditional practices, making their farm organic and sustainable. Part of that process involved signing their land into a conservation easement with the Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC). The easement allows the Lindleys to continue farming, and read more »
Nuns from Cincinnati, devoted to helping working mothers in the inner city, played a vital role in helping conserve nearly 400 acres of land deep in Bat Cave, North Carolina. Taking a step beyond traditional conservation, and following in the Sisters’ vision, their land today is used to teach. The land that makes up the Hickory Nut Gorge Teaching and Research Reserve was originally purchased as a retreat for the Community of the Transfiguration, an Episcopalian community for women. After working with the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC), the Sisters placed the property into a permanent conservation easement in 2015. Tom Fanslow, read more »