Longleaf Pine Forest

As with hundreds of conservation projects across the state, the project to protect the Longleaf Pines of the Uwharrie region is awaiting funding from the Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Unfortunately, the NC Legislature eliminated the vast majority of funding for conservation projects in the state budget, leaving the future of the Uwharrie and other pristine areas in question.

From the Appalachians to the west and the Atlantic to the east, North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Our mountains, oceans and open spaces provide North Carolinians with limitless opportunities to recreate with family and friends, hike and mountain bike, or simply enjoy their natural surroundings.

Since 1996, the Clean Water Management Trust Fund has helped to conserve these natural areas by funding hundreds of land conservation projects. Unfortunately, in 2011, the General Assembly eliminated most of the Trust Fund’s money and included a provision in the budget that prevents the Trust Fund from assisting with any land acquisition projects.

The result?

Areas like the Uwharrie, with its large population of the state’s official tree – the Long Leaf Pine, will be vulnerable to development. Fortunately, it’s not too late.

North Carolina is still a beautiful place with an abundance of natural resources – let’s keep it that way for our children.