Environmental Conservation

Environmental Conservation

Why Environmental Conservation?

The remarkable growth of the Triangle over the last thirty-five years has created a vibrant cultural, educational and economic region that continues to attract new residents and industry. The impressive growth was fostered by the region’s “green infrastructure”, the natural resources, open/green spaces, and ecological systems within the Triangle. We believe though, these once abundant resources are increasingly strained, and in some in cases, endangered.

The Triangle’s population grew 130% and the conversion of natural and agricultural land to developed land grew a staggering 650%. It is estimated that the Triangle’s population could grow an additional 106% by 2040, placing significant pressure on remaining natural resources. 

The Great Recession and changes in state funding levels and legislative priorities have posed a challenge to agencies and nonprofit organizations who work to conserve natural resources and promote sustainability.  With tightened financial resources and the sweeping impact environmental challenges and opportunities can have “down and across stream,” shared innovation and close collaboration between organizations and the communities they serve will be the most effective strategies to protect natural resources for the Triangle’s future and the well-being of its residents.


Triangle Community Foundation is investing in comprehensive and collaborative efforts to promote land conservation and sustainable land use.  Specifically, the Foundation will provide funds to increase land conservation and its stewardship, build public awareness, understanding, and support of conservation through innovative programs.

Ideal programs will implement evidence-based practices that

  • Encourage and facilitate land conservation and stewardship
  • Target critical areas for resource conservation
  • Demonstrate clear, measurable outcomes
  • Demonstrate strategic collaboration of multiple organizations to maximize regional impact and sharing of resources to maximize efficiencies
  • Priority given to collaborative proposals.

Current Partners*

Center for Human-Earth Restoration
East Coast Greenway Alliance
East Durham Children’s Initiative
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
Keep Durham Beautiful
NC Community Development Initiative
The Scrap Exchange
Triangle Land Conservancy

Past Partners

Boys and Girls Club of Wake County
Center for Human Earth Restoration
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Haw River Assembly
Conservation Trust for North Carolina
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
Eno River Association
Orange County Partnership for Young Children
The Umstead Coalition

*As of August 2016

References – Regional Growth Mapping and Forecasting 1976-2040, Center for Applied Geographic Information Science, UNC Charlotte, (2012), North Carolina’s Forest Resources Assessment, North Carolina Division of Forest Resources, (2010), The Cost of Not Protecting Source Waters, Trust for Public Land (TPL) and American Water Works Association (2002), State of the Environment North Carolina Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (2011).


Gina Andersen

Community Programs Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext:4025
Email gina@trianglecf.org