The Coastal Land Trust is a proud member of EarthShareNC!
EarthShare NC partners with employers to provide workplace giving campaigns and employee engagement programs across the state. This creates an opportunity for environmentally-conscious businesses to provide employees an easy way to support more than 70 conservation and environmental groups and help protect North Carolina’s natural resources.
Look for the Coastal Land Trust in your workplace giving campaign (SECC #1113, CFC # 91392) or contact our Director of Development at (910) 790-4524 x210 for information on how your business can become a part of the EarthShare giving network.
Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor extends along the east coast from Florida through Wilmington, NC. The Corridor was designated as a natural heritage area in 2006, in part, to “assist in identifying and preserving sites, historical data, artifacts, and objects associated with the Gullah Geechee for the benefit and education of the public.”
The Coastal Land Trust has partnered with the Town of Navassa, in Brunswick County, NC, to identify land that has significant Gullah Geechee heritage traits within our region. We are collaborating with partner organizations including the National Parks Service and the Town of Navassa to assist in the potential acquisition of key properties with significant Gullah Geechee cultural and historical significance.
Veteran’s Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden
Veteran’s Employment Base Camp and Organic Garden (VEBCOG) provides transitional employment for homeless and disadvantaged veterans in New Bern, NC and Craven County. They also provide rehabilitation for disabled veterans using Horticulture Therapy and produce organic produce for residents of the county.
During VEBCOG’s inception, the Coastal Land Trust served as their fiscal sponsor so that land and funds donated toward the Veteran’s Garden project would be charitable donations. Coastal Land Trust also assisted the fledgling non-profit with board development, strategic planning and budgeting mentorship.
According to Lovay Wallace-Singleton, VEBCOG’s founder and Executive Director, “the Coastal Land Trust was a perfect match for VEBCOG assisting us with preserving land through organic farming. They have played an instrumental role our success, from the acquisition of our 1.2 acre garden site at Henderson Park to the recent expansion of VEBCOG’s programs – including a children’s garden that incorporates children from the neighboring Stanley White Recreation Center with funding from the U.S.FWS Partners Program.”
Coastal Land Trust is pleased to be one of VEBCOG’s partners, an organization now recognized as an amazing community asset to the City of New Bern.
Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration (CFACC)
The Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration is a nonprofit partnership of organizations and individuals to enhance cooperation and communication regarding regional conservation issues within the Cape Fear Arch landscape. The Coastal Land Trust was a founding partner of this collaboration in 2006 and remains a committed partner to this collaboration.
Read more about the Arch and Collaboration online here: www.capefeararch.org
The Onslow Bight Conservation Forum
The Onslow Bight Conservation Forum consists of organizations representing a broad spectrum of land managers and land conservation advocates working in the Onslow Bight Landscape area of Eastern North Carolina. (A “bight” is a long, gradual curve or bend in a shoreline, in this case from Cape Fear to Cape Lookout including coastal ecosystems like salt marshes, longleaf pine savannas, and wetlands). All participants are dedicated to “conservation, restoration, health and sustainable use of the landscape and the native terrestrial and aquatic communities.” The participating organizations attempt to foresee potential resource conflicts and conservation opportunities and work to maintain and protect ecologically viable areas.
The Coastal Land Trust’s role in the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum has been to forge partnerships to help fund land conservation and land management/restoration. Participation in The Forum was the catalyst for our military partnership with MCAS Cherry Point, which then led to our partnership with the City of Havelock. The Coastal Land Trust has taken the lead in preparing multiple federal NAWCA grants that have included our Onslow Bight Partners including NCWRC, TNC, NCCF, City of Havelock, MCAS Cherry Point and Ducks Unlimited. It has been a great way to keep in touch with other natural resources agencies and organizations as to what is happening across our geographic area of interest. We also have identified important corridors between existing conservation lands that have become important focus areas for conservation work.
The Coastal Land Trust is a supporting partner of Freedom Roads, participating in focus groups and identifying lands for potential acquisition within the land routes of North Carolina’s Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Land Trust Alliance
The Land Trust Alliance (LTA)
The Land Trust Alliance (LTA) is a national land conservation service-oriented organization that supports land trusts across the country. The Coastal Land Trust is an active member of the Alliance. As leaders in land conservation, our staff regularly teach workshops through LTA, and we are the southeast contact for stewardship.
Terrafirma Risk Retention Group
Terrafirma Risk Retention Group is a charitable risk pool owned by participating land trusts which insures its members against legal costs of defending conservation agreements.
The Coastal Land Trust has been a member of Terrafirm since its creation and is proud to include Terrafirma as one of the many ways we protect our promise of conservation – in perpetuity.