North Carolina Land Trusts Join Together

North Carolina’s land trusts have conserved hundreds of thousands of acres of land from
Manteo and Bald Head Island to Murphy and Mt. Airy. We are pleased to announce that
twenty land trusts have joined together to establish the North Carolina Land Trust Federation. The Federation will speak with one voice for protection of our state’s natural resources while maintaining and enhancing each land trust’s individual identity.

North Carolina’s nonprofit land trusts actively work to conserve land by undertaking or
assisting direct land transactions – primarily the purchase or acceptance of donations of land or interest in land (conservation easements).

The Federation will replace the North Carolina Land Trust Council, an unincorporated
association started by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina (CTNC), who for many years helped start and nurture local land trusts across the state. Due to the collective strength of the land trust community across the state, CTNC recently adopted a new strategic vision and no longer represents land trusts but is an equal member of the Federation.

The Land Trust Federation will provide a forum for North Carolina’s land trusts to work
together to promote and expand land conservation and land trust effectiveness across the state.

Co-Chairs of the NC Land Trust Federation are Sandy Sweitzer, Executive Director of Triangle Land Conservancy ( and Charlie Brady, Executive Director of Blue Ridge Conservancy (

THE MEMBERS INCLUDE (As of January 2020):
Black Family Land Trust
Blue Ridge Conservancy
Catawba Lands Conservancy
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Conserving Carolina
Davidson Lands Conservancy
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Eno River Association
Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina
Highlands-Cashiers Conservancy
Lumber River Conservancy
Mainspring Conservation Trust
New River Conservancy
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Piedmont Land Conservancy
Smith Island Land Trust
Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy
Tar River Land Conservancy
Three Rivers Land Trust
Triangle Greenways Council
Triangle Land Conservancy