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Funding is Needed to Meet Public Demand

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The public demand for outdoor recreation opportunities continues to grow in North Carolina. Over 20,100,000 people visited NC State Parks in 2023 – a 4% increase over 2022. The statewide 2023 Year of the Trail successfully promoted our network of hiking, paddling, biking, and equestrian trails. The Made X Mountains Partnership recently released the results […]

Johnston County’s Farmland is Threatened, But There is Hope

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More state funding could help turn the tide of farmland loss According to the American Farmland Trust, Johnston County is in the top 20 counties in the nation under the greatest threat of farmland loss by 2040. Development threatens our state’s best agricultural land. The study projects that 71% of Johnston County’s farmland could be […]

Conservation Wins Big in 2023 Budget

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The North Carolina Land for Tomorrow Coalition is praising the 2023 state budget, which will pump more than $100 million per year into land and water conservation. “Protecting land and water is vital to many of the state’s most important industries, including agriculture, tourism, forestry, and the military,” said Bill Holman, NC State Director for […]

Haw River Trail Becomes a State Trail

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The local favorite joins 12 other distinguished trails across the state. The Haw River Trail is now an authorized state trail thanks to the perseverance of local advocates, nonprofit organizations, and North Carolina legislators Representative Stephen M. Ross, Senator Amy S. Galey, and Representative Dennis Riddell. “The Haw River State Trail is a lasting tribute […]

Conservation Funding is a Necessity

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The NC Senate proposed budget shows that conservation funding is a necessity for the state of North Carolina. Investing in our land and water creates a healthier North Carolina for all. Click here to read the full report or click here to read the special provisions report. Highlights of this year’s proposed funding: Increases recurring […]

2023 House’s Budget Shows Conservation is Vital

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The recently released proposed budget from the NC House shows that conservation is a priority for the state of North Carolina. Thank you to all of the House members for your strong support in protecting and stewarding our land through conservation trust funds and more. A few highlights: Increases recurring funding for NCLWF from $24.2 […]

2023 Governor’s Budget Highlights Strong Support for Conservation Trust Funds

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Thank you to Governor Cooper for your strong support of the North Carolina Conservation Trust Funds in your 2023 annual budget. Highlights include: Increases North Carolina Land and Water Fund (NCLWF) and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) recurring funds by $5.8M, bringing both funds up to $30M recurring Adds an additional $25M in nonrecurring […]

Our 2023 Legislative Agenda

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North Carolinians love the outdoors. Visitation to NC State Parks increased to 22,800,000 in 2021 – 3,000,000 more than in 2020. Visitation to state forests, game lands, trails and local parks continues to increase. The Land for Tomorrow Coalition greatly appreciates the strong support of the General Assembly and Governor for our Conservation Trust Funds […]

Sen. Brent Jackson Recognized as Land and Water Champion

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DURHAM – Sen. Brent Jackson has been recognized as a North Carolina Land and Water Champion by the North Carolina Land for Tomorrow Coalition. “Sen. Jackson is a steadfast supporter of funding for land and water conservation,” said NC State Director of The Conservation Fund Bill Holman, who chairs the coalition. “His support has been […]