Protecting Land

At the very core of TLC’s mission is protecting land to keep the Triangle a vibrant place to live and work. By doing so, we provide our community with several key benefits, including clean water, natural habitats, local farms and food, and places to connect with nature.

We protect land in a variety of ways, including purchasing land, holding conservation easements on important tracts of land, and working with partners to make a larger impact through joint conservation efforts. Learn more about our efforts to protect land in the Triangle:

Conservation Initiatives
Land We Own
Private Conservation Land
Conservation Partnerships
Academic Research and Education
Conservation Planning

In the fall of 2014, TLC worked with Charlynne Smith at the Center for Geospatial Analytics at N.C. State University and her GIS 590 class to create the animation below. GIS 590 is a graduate level class that matches students with “clients” around the Triangle who have ideas for GIS projects. Leslie Sox, a Master’s student at NCSU, worked with TLC to produce a projection of growth in TLC’s six county region using the FUTURES model originally developed by researchers at UNC Charlotte (see full citation below). The project used historic land cover data and the output from the growth model to show historic and projected growth in the Triangle from 1976 through 2040.

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FUTURES animation

The animation shows just how rapidly the Triangle is projected to develop over the next several decades. It should be noted that the model is based on historic growth patterns, and therefore does not include major new planned developments, such as Chatham Park. The current and projected future development of the Triangle make it more important now than ever to strategically invest in protecting land to ensure clean water, to provide local, fresh food, to allow wildlife to flourish, and to allow people to experience and enjoy nature, all of which will help maintain a high quality of life for people throughout the region. Our 2014-2020 Strategic Plan, which was informed by stakeholder input from our partners and members, clarifies our organizational vision and mission and develops a clear plan for optimizing the organization’s role, effectiveness, and relevance given the challenges and opportunities related to this continued growth.