What are North Carolina’s most pressing conservation priorities? Do North Carolinians really want lawmakers to fund conservation projects? How much does the state spend annually, by county, on these needs? How big a return does the state see on its investment in land and water protection? And what are North Carolina’s most beloved natural areas? Here’s how we make the case for conservation.

Check our our latest reports and publications.

Trust Fund Investments In Coastal Communities

Trust Fund Investments in North Carolina’s Foothills Region

2017 Conservation Yearbook

2017 Poll Shows North Carolinians Overwhelmingly Support Land and Water Conservation

Land and Water Conservation in NC

Conservation Trust Fund Fact Sheet

A Plan to Secure Our Conservation Future

A tight economy and state funding cuts have slowed land conservation in North Carolina in recent years. But the need to protect our state’s undeveloped natural areas is as urgent as ever.

Land for Tomorrow’s report looks at the conservation successes we’ve enjoyed in the recent past, and lays out ambitious but achievable goals for land and water protection over five years.

“Securing North Carolina’s Future: A Five-Year Plan for Investing in Our Land, Water and Quality of Life” – Released May 2012. Executive summary / Full report

Each year, Land for Tomorrow compiles the Conservation Yearbook, a county-by-county accounting of what North Carolina has spent to date on conservation. Each publication also includes highlights of recent conservation successes.

Download other reports, polls, studies and other research collected by Land for Tomorrow for information about North Carolina’s natural heritage and what North Carolinians are willing to do to protect it.

Help us protect NC's natural heritage‘Saving the Goodliest Land’

In 2005, Land for Tomorrow released “Saving the Goodliest Land: A Five-Year Plan for Investing in North Carolina’s Land, History and Future.” This study laid out the coalition’s initial recommendations for protecting critical water, farmland, parks and trails, gamelands, and other areas of natural and cultural importance to all North Carolinians. Our recommendations evolve as the economy, the environment and other circumstances change. But “Saving the Goodliest Land” is still a valuable resource for understanding the threats to our state’s unique natural and cultural heritage, and what we can do to address those threats.

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