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land for tomorrow

Land for Tomorrow

All photos courtesy of

NC Division of Tourism,

Film and Sports Development

fulfilling the mandate
Fulfilling the Mandate
  • In 1971, voters approved Article XIV, Section V of the NC Constitution:

“to preserve as part of the common heritage of this state its forests, wetlands, estuaries, beaches, historical sites, openlands and places of beauty.”

  • In 2000, the NC General Assembly voted to protect one million acres by 2009
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Land for Tomorrow

A growing partnership of organizations and North Carolinians asking the NC Legislature to dramatically increase state funding for conservation of our water, land, and historic places.


Why Act Now?

  • By 2030, our population is expected to surpass New Jersey, Michigan and Ohio
  • NC overtook New Jersey to become the 10th most populous state.
  • 100,000 acres of farm & forest land developed each year
  • 3,300 miles of streams do not meet water quality standards established by NC Division of Water Quality

NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

land is for sale right now
Land is for Sale Right Now
  • Tobacco Farmers
  • Power Companies
  • Timber Companies

Escalating Land Prices

NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development


To Grow the Economy andProvide Jobs

  • Some of North Carolina’s most important industries depend on undeveloped land and historic places:
    • Tourism $14.2 Billion
    • Military bases $12.0 Billion
    • Agriculture $ 8.2 Billion
    • Forest products $ 4.0 Billion
    • Wildlife recreation $ 2.8 Billion
  • Quality of life helps recruit industry and encourage entrepreneurship

So We Can Enjoy North Carolina

  • Learning about History
  • Active Recreation
  • Enjoying Scenery
  • Hunting and Fishing
  • Outdoor Recreation
to protect public health
To Protect Public Health
  • Clean Water
  • Clean Air
  • Places to exercise
  • Reduce the destructivity of floods
to protect native plants and wildlife
To Protect Native Plants and Wildlife


North Carolina is one of the world’s ecological hot spots, but 18% of NC’s native species are in danger of extinction.


Protect and restore large blocks of unfragmented natural habitat

which places should we protect
Which Places Should We Protect?

Not just any land or building but

Places that Matter

places that matter
Places That Matter
  • Rivers, Wetlands, Floodplains and Coastal Waters
  • Working Farms and Forests
  • State and Local Parks and Trails
  • Game Lands and Other Natural Areas
  • Historic Places
  • Land Visible from Scenic Highways

NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development


Places that matter support our industries.

Wildlife Recreation

Rivers & coasts; working farms & forests; state parks; gamelands & natural areas; urban forests


Working farms

Forest Products

Working forests; game lands & natural areas

Military Bases

Working farms & forests; state parks; game lands & natural areas


Rivers & coasts; working farms & forests; parks & trails; land visible from scenic highways; game lands & natural areas; historic places

High-Tech Industry

Places for outdoor recreation; unique historic places and landscapes

five year protection goals
Five-Year Protection Goals

Five-Year Protection Goals

  • 740,000 acres of land across North Carolina


  • Protect water in 6,000 miles of rivers and streams


  • Build trails and facilities for state and local parks


  • Restore 350 historic landmarks in public use


  • Invest in job creation and community development activities that conserve land and historic places
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Build on Current Foundation

Invest more in successful programs

  • Conservation trust funds ($169 million -- 85%)
    • Clean Water Management Trust Fund
    • Natural Heritage Trust Fund
    • Parks and Recreation Trust Fund
    • Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund
  • Landing Jobs ($140 million -- 14%)
  • One North Carolina Naturally ($ 2.8 million -- 1%)

Clean Water Management Trust Fund

Mission: Protect natural buffers along streams through acquisition of land and easements by state and local governments and conservation nonprofits; improve wastewater and stormwater treatment

Proposed additional Funding: $185 million over 5 years


Natural Heritage Trust Fund

Current Mission: Fund purchase of significant natural and historic lands and buildings

Addition to mission: Restoration of historic buildings

Proposed additional Funding: $295 million over 5 years


Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

Current Mission: Funds acquisition of land and construction and restoration of facilities at state and local parks and trails; also funds access to coastal waters

Addition to mission: special encouragement given to local governments to apply for grants to build trails and protect natural lands within urban areas

Proposed additional funding: $165 million over 5 years


Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

Current Mission: grants for purchasing development rights on farms and timber lands and for planning and incentives to encourage viability of working lands

Proposed additions to mission: Equal emphasis on working forest protection

Proposed additional funding: $200 million over 5 years


Landing Jobs: a new initiative

Mission: Fund projects that create jobs based on natural, agricultural and cultural resources

  • Tourism that attracts visitors interested in natural beauty, culture, history and farm resources
  • Specialty crop and value-added agriculture
  • Historic preservation to serve as catalyst for revitalizing cities and towns
  • Entrepreneurial/workforce training/capacity building

Proposed Funding: $140 million over 5 years

next step
Next Step

Get authorization from the General Assembly for a bond referendum for $1 billion for land and water conservation.

current status
Current Status
  • More than 250 partners
  • 61 ambassadors, including three former governors
  • HB 990 – 65 co-sponsors; SB 1522 – 28 co-sponsors did not make it out of committee
  • Legislative Study Commission made recommendations
  • Raising funds, working in legislature, working with wider partnership
what can you do
What Can You Do?
  • Tell your state legislators that you support Land for Tomorrow
  • Help work with the county committee in your county
  • Ask your local government and other organizations to become a Partners
if we re successful
If We’re Successful….

Our children and grandchildren will still think of North Carolina as the “goodliest land” with:

  • Clean water and air
  • Sustainable jobs and economic growth
  • Farming and timbering
  • Places of historic and ecological value
  • Places to enjoy the beauty of North Carolina, to exercise, to hunt and fish
land for tomorrow funding sources
Land for TomorrowFunding Sources

Funding Sources

Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation


Belk Foundation

Blumenthal Foundation

Cemala Foundation

Crosland, Inc.

Educational Foundation of America

Hillsdale Fund

Many individual donors


Land for Tomorrow

All photos courtesy of

NC Division of Tourism,

Film and Sports Development