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North Carolina Profile of State Programs and Policy Framework

Highlighted Local Programs

North Carolina

Highlighted State Programs

North Carolina

State Policy Framework

North Carolina

Disclaimer

To avoid double counting acres where multiple programs contributed to the acquisition of a single parcel, the parcel acreage is only aggregated under the program that provided the majority of funding. For example, if the chart displays a dollar amount greater than $0, but also shows 0 acres, it is because the program was not the primary contributor for any parcels in that year.

Highlighted Local Programs

Local Conservation Programs Include:

    Cary, NC

    Guilford County, NC

    Mecklenburg County, NC

    New Hanover County, NC

    Orange County, NC

    Wake County, NC




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YearAcresDollars
2008 1,572.2 $32,054,219
2007 1,832.0 $27,345,252
2006 900.6 $15,533,718
2005 1,346.0 $15,210,344
2004 1,144.2 $21,023,948
2003 942.5 $24,519,278
2002 706.1 $15,844,657
2001 2,677.2 $45,997,164
2000 1,253.7 $14,952,513
1999 51.6 $3,088,349
1998 85.7 $649,068
Totals 12,511.9 $216,218,511

Highlighted State Programs

North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program

A Memorandum of Agreement between the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers established the Ecosystem Enhancement Program (EEP) on July 22, 2003. The programs mission is to “restore, enhance, preserve and protect the functions associated with wetlands, streams and riparian areas, including but not limited to those necessary for the restoration, maintenance and protection of water quality and riparian habitats throughout North Carolina.” Revenue for EEP is derived from the Department of Transportation for offsetting impacts of transportation-infrastructure projects. In addition, EEP also leverages other funding sources for the initiative.

YearAcresDollars
2008 766.6 $3,015,803
2007 2,227.6 $6,898,261
2006 3,837.8 $11,142,207
2005 7,961.5 $17,250,904
2004 19,538.4 $47,689,516
2003 7,811.6 $33,435,863
2002 284.1 $933,437
2001 6.4 $0
Total42,434.0 $120,365,993

North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund

The North Carolina General Assembly established the Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) in 1996 to help finance projects that specifically address water pollution problems including the protection and conservation of watersheds through land acquisition.* In support of a million-acre conservation goal established in 2000 the General Assembly agreed to increase funding for CWMTF to $100 million per year (up from approximately $30 million) beginning in 2003. The CWMTF is administered by a 21–member, independent CWMTF Board of Trustees and is housed for administrative purposes in the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). CWMTF funds about one third of the grant requests that it receives. About 25 percent of the Trust Fund is used towards land acquisition.

YearAcresDollars
2008 17,100.6 $52,690,170
2007 43,013.4 $45,348,482
2006 69,368.0 $69,895,749
2005 37,333.0 $60,306,283
2004 17,482.0 $35,956,631
2003 48,609.6 $56,908,100
2002 21,054.4 $32,439,900
2001 21,523.0 $22,599,673
2000 25,908.7 $36,377,545
1999 20,747.0 $20,176,906
1998 30,229.0 $35,590,300
Total352,368.7 $468,289,739

North Carolina Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund

The Farmland Preservation Trust Fund** was originally established in 1986, and in 2005, the Legislature renamed the program, The Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. At that time the description was broadened to include three grant areas: conservation easements, agricultural agreements and programs that develop sustainable or viable agriculture. The Commissioner of Agriculture administers the Trust Fund and a 19-member advisory committee was established to help direct funds and the application process. Revenue is derived from annual allocations from the General Fund.

YearAcresDollars
2008 2,190.2 $1,425,300
2007 406.3 $0
2002 231.7 $206,000
2001 1,332.5 $345,750
2000 1,183.2 $1,659,300
1999 1,158.4 $317,219
1998 1,181.4 $329,718
Total7,683.6 $4,283,287

North Carolina Natural Heritage Trust Fund

The Natural Heritage Trust Fund was established in 1987 and provides funding to select state agencies for the acquisition of important natural areas to conserve the state’s ecological diversity and cultural heritage, and to inventory the state’s natural heritage resources.*** A twelve-member appointed Board of Trustees and the Natural Heritage Program in the Office of Conservation & Community Affairs in DENR administer the fund and award grants. Revenue is generated through 25 percent of the real estate transfer tax and by $10 of each vanity license plate sale.

YearAcresDollars
2008 22,080.3 $65,280,199
2007 19,286.3 $33,398,895
2006 16,842.1 $25,953,341
2005 16,511.9 $21,271,148
2004 19,528.2 $14,578,077
2003 21,217.8 $10,519,255
2002 22,732.3 $9,173,882
2001 17,713.0 $10,762,089
2000 17,760.8 $11,994,809
1999 21,743.0 $12,030,830
1998 21,560.5 $9,112,300
Total216,976.2 $224,074,829

North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund

On July 16, 1994 The North Carolina General Assembly established the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) to fund improvements in the state's park system, and to provide grants for local governments and to increase the public's access to beaches. At the same time, The Parks and Recreation Authority, an eleven-member appointed board, was also created to allocate funds from PARTF to the state parks and to the grants program for local governments. The Trust Fund receives 75 percent of the states portion of the real estate transfer tax and a portion of the fees for personalized license plates.

The Trust Fund is allocated in three ways

  • 65 percent to the state parks through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation.
  • 30 percent as dollar-for dollar matching grants to local governments for park and recreation purposes.
  • 5 percent for the Coastal and Estuarine Water Access Program.

    *Article 18; §113A of the North Carolina General Statutes
    **Chapter 106 Article 61 §§ 106 745 through 106 749
    ***General Statute Article 5A §113-77.6 through 113-77.9

  • YearAcresDollars
    2008 3,078.3 $51,539,811
    2007 4,974.7 $46,284,800
    2006 2,944.6 $28,226,201
    2005 6,426.5 $43,511,217
    2004 4,000.9 $17,244,295
    2003 2,328.3 $15,759,580
    2002 2,149.8 $6,702,034
    2001 3,720.3 $7,958,672
    2000 6,088.3 $15,054,932
    1999 7,914.9 $11,051,495
    1998 3,546.1 $4,532,108
    Total47,172.7 $247,865,146

    State Policy Framework

    Substantial State Investment

    Enable Local Financing

    State Incentive for Local Land Conservation

    Public-Private Partnerships

    Conservation Tax Credits

    Federal Partnerships

    Some data was not provided on a yearly basis, but rather as an aggregate figure. In this case we have distributed total acres acquired and/or dollars spent evenly by year.