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Land and Water Stewardship - Programs

Land and Water Stewardship

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Programs within the Office of Land and Water Stewardship 

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership is a community-based watershed program that focuses on identifying, protecting and restoring the significant resources in the Albemarle and Pamlico estuarine system and maintaining the integrity of the natural ecosystems throughout the region, which includes 36 counties in North Carolina and 19 counties in Virginia.

The Clean Water Management Trust Fund provides grant assistance to conservation non-profits, local governments and state agencies for the protection of surface waters in North Carolina. CWMTF funds projects that (1) enhance or restore degraded waters, (2) protect unpolluted waters, and/or (3) contribute toward a network of riparian buffers and greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational benefits, (4) provide buffers around military bases to protect the military mission, (5) acquire land that represents the ecological diversity of North Carolina, and (6) acquire land that contributes to the development of a balanced State program of historic properties.

The Conservation Incentives Program assists landowners and conservation organizations with N.C. Conservation Tax Credits and with information about other state and federal conservation incentive programs.

The Natural Heritage Program – Conservation Unit works with landowners, local, state and federal agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporations to conserve the significant natural areas of the state, through short and long-term agreements, conservation planning and land management assistance. This section includes the North Carolina Conservation Planning Tool which provides a valuable means for synthesizing and sharing the priorities of the state’s conservation agencies and organizations with planners in government and the private sector to inform decisions and guide conservation efforts statewide.

The Natural Heritage Program's Inventory Unit conducts biological surveys to identify the most significant natural areas of our state, and share the resulting information with citizens, corporations, agencies, and non-profit organizations engaged in conservation and development. More than 8,000 data requests from corporations, agencies and citizens are answered annually.

The Stewardship Program provides monitoring and management of conservation easements and lands held by DENR for stream and wetland mitigation.

The office provides staff to support the work of several appointed Commissions,Councils and Boards that work for the conservation of natural areas that maintain clean air and water and the development of resilient communities that support a healthy economy. Several citizen groups advise CPCA programs on policy and implementation.

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