The preservation and restoration of coastal lands is integral to clean and healthy coastal waters. The North Carolina coast is rich with wild spaces that help perpetuate the productivity of our coastal ecosystems.
However, our coastal habitats, waterfront buffers and remaining wild spaces are under increasing pressure from urbanization and population growth, making it even more important to strategically preserve or restore targeted coastal lands that are so important to our coast.
The federation has been involved with the preservation of tens of thousands of acres of special properties since 1982. These lands are located in sensitive environmental areas such as the headwaters and shorelines of coastal rivers, creeks and sounds. Many of these properties were either once slated for intensive development or were already extensively ditched and drained. Ownership of some of these lands was transferred to various state or local government agencies for long-term preservation and public uses.
More than 6,700 acres are still managed by the federation and benefit other areas of our mission, such as restoring water quality, creating oyster habitat, restoring and establishing wetlands, protecting vulnerable species, educating the public and increasing accessibility to natural spaces.