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Conservation Partnerships

Haw River State Natural AreaTLC partners with and assists other non-profit organizations or government agencies in acquiring key tracts for conservation. TLC's assistance may take the form of participating in negotiations, coalition-building, or fundraising. TLC may also acquire important conservation lands through purchase or donation and transfer them to a more fitting conservation owner, such as state or local governments for inclusion in parks or greenways. While it is not usually the case, TLC may continue to have a stewardship role as part of the partnership agreement.

Bynum Beach (Haw River Canoe Access) 

TLC facilitated the donation of this one-acre tract in Bynum, NC from the Conservation Council of North Carolina Foundation (CCNCF) to Chatham County. As Bynum Beach is located along the Haw River, TLC assisted the Carolina Canoe Club in raising funds to develop and maintain a canoe access on site. The Haw River is one of the most used recreational rivers in the Piedmont for canoeing and kayaking. The protection of this property will ensure safe public access for future generations of Piedmont paddlers. Find out more.

Little River Regional Park

Durham and Orange Counties purchased the land for this park, and the Little River Regional Park opened in December 2004. Today, the property is managed by the Orange County Parks Department. Actively involved in making the park a reality, TLC began negotiations with the property seller, Triangle Community Foundation; advocated for the protection of the property to the two boards of county commissioners; and, in partnership with the Eno River Association, raised more than $200,000 toward the property's $1 million purchase price. 

Lower Haw State Natural Area

The Lower Haw State Natural Area is the former Haw River Division of Duke Forest. It runs on both sides of the river from just south of the old Bynum bridge to just beyond the US 64 bridge, where it meets up with land already protected for Jordan Lake. Identified as an area of statewide importance in the 1992 Chatham County Natural Heritage Inventory, the property boasts multiple significant features and functions, including providing habitat for rare species and protecting Jordan Lake's water quality, which serves as the drinking water source for many Triangle-region communities.

TLC worked for more than two years to facilitate the sale of the property from Duke University to the State. As a State Natural Area, it is maintained by the North Carolina Division of State Parks with access for low impact recreation.

Photo: Jennifer Peterson