North Carolina Land and Water Fund: Since its creation in 1996 by the General Assembly, the North Carolina Land and Water Fund (NCLWF), formerly known as the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, has conserved well over one-half million acres and protected or restored 3,000 miles of streams and rivers. Many of the Land Trust’s projects center around the rivers, streams, and natural areas located in the Piedmont, which provide clean water as well as important aquatic habitat and areas for recreation,
North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP): The NC Ecosystem Enhancement Program purchases land and easements within 300 feet of perennial streams. A partnership between North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation, this program focuses on wetland restoration for mitigation purposes. The State of North Carolina holds the easements, and land trusts contract to close the projects, produce baseline inventories, and monitor the lands to ensure proper compliance.
North Carolina Department of Agriculture: The Land Trust partners with the North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund on purchased easements on working farmlands. This funding is typically matched by a component of federal dollars and a landowner donation.
US Department of Agriculture: Recognizing the value of local family farms to tradition and economy, the US Department of Agriculture purchases easements on working farmland. This program will fund 50% of the value of an easement, but the funding must be matched by non-federal dollars.