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  1. Land for Tomorrow All photos courtesy of NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. Land is for Sale Right Now • Tobacco Farmers • Power Companies • Timber Companies Escalating Land Prices NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development

  6. 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

  7. So We Can Enjoy North Carolina • Learning about History • Active Recreation • Enjoying Scenery • Hunting and Fishing • Outdoor Recreation

  8. To Protect Public Health • Clean Water • Clean Air • Places to exercise • Reduce the destructivity of floods

  9. To Protect Native Plants and Wildlife Finding: North Carolina is one of the world’s ecological hot spots, but 18% of NC’s native species are in danger of extinction. Recommendation: Protect and restore large blocks of unfragmented natural habitat

  10. Which Places Should We Protect? Not just any land or building but Places that Matter

  11. 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

  12. Places that matter support our industries. Wildlife Recreation Rivers & coasts; working farms & forests; state parks; gamelands & natural areas; urban forests Agriculture Working farms Forest Products Working forests; game lands & natural areas Military Bases Working farms & forests; state parks; game lands & natural areas Tourism 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

  13. Five-Year Protection Goals Five-Year Protection Goals • 740,000 acres of land across North Carolina including • Protect water in 6,000 miles of rivers and streams plus • Build trails and facilities for state and local parks plus • Restore 350 historic landmarks in public use plus • Invest in job creation and community development activities that conserve land and historic places

  14. How much will it take?

  15. Build on Current Foundation

  16. 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%)

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

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

  23. 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

  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. Land for TomorrowFunding Sources Funding Sources Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation BB&T Belk Foundation Blumenthal Foundation Cemala Foundation Crosland, Inc. Educational Foundation of America Hillsdale Fund Many individual donors

  27. Land for Tomorrow All photos courtesy of NC Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development