Anyone who has ever paddled or explored the Town Creek waterway in Brunswick County recognizes that the creek is unmatched in its beauty and opportunities for recreation. The Coastal Land Trust quickly realized that this area was coming under increased development pressure from Wilmington and Brunswick County’s population explosion. In 1999 the land trust started pursuing conservation along the creek. Since that time, we have helped protect over 4,100 acres of land along the creek. We were not alone in this ambitious endeavor. Multiple private landowners, International Paper, UNC-Wilmington, the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Forest Legacy Program, and Brunswick County all lent a hand in making this initiative one of the most successful riparian protection projects in the State.
The Coastal Land Trust is not willing to stop here. We continue to pursue opportunities for conservation along Town Creek. We have also extended our focus area to include the entire Lower Cape Fear River Corridor and have protected over 13,000 acres in the region to date.