The Trust was conceived in 2013, born from a collaboration between the North Carolina Forestry Association, North Carolina State Department of Agriculture and community conservation leaders. This group collectively identified increasing interest among farm and forest landowners in exploring conservation options for working lands. Since our inception, we have been warmly welcomed by both the public and private sector and have enjoyed consistent success in expanding the conserved landscape of North Carolina. The Trust received its 501(c)(3) status in 2014, and within its first two years had permanently conserved over 4000 acres across three counties of the state’s eastern reaches and coastal plain.
The Trust continues to expand both its service area and partnerships, working closely with the state’s Agricultural Development and Farmland Protection Trust Fund, the US Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and the US Department of Defense. Through these partnerships the Trust has protected over 10,000 acres of working farms and forests to date… And we are just getting started….