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Conservation Conversations: Nature Needs TLC

April 23, 2020

TLC celebrated Earth Day (and a very successful TLC Giving Day!) with board members Mavis Gragg, Sam Cook, Marlena Byrne, and Sean Lilly Wilson! They joined Executive Director Sandy Sweitzer for a community conversation about conservation in the Triangle region. Learn what inspires them to volunteer for TLC and shape the future of conservation in […]

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Conservation Conversations: Learning in Nature!

April 16, 2020

We were thrilled to partner with Marty Jorgensen, program director at Schoolhouse of Wonder, and Wendy Banning, co-founder and executive director of Learning Outside, for our fourth Conservation Conversations: Learning in Nature! TLC AmeriCorps member Elicia Senff also presented on ways to engage children outside, introducing a new program called Triangle Explorer. These inspiring environmental […]

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Conservation Conversations: Steering the StewardShip

April 9, 2020

Our third Conservation Conversations: Steering the StewardShip, hosted on April 8, featured Associate Director of Stewardship Matt Rutledge and Stewardship Associate Caroline Durham talking about how TLC cares for its protected properties throughout the Triangle! Sign up for our next one, Learning in Nature! with Learning Outside Executive Director Wendy Banning, Schoolhouse of Wonder Program […]

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Conservation Conversations: Conservation from Start to Stewardship

April 2, 2020

Our second Conservation Conversations, hosted on April 1, featured Conservation Manager Margaret Sands talking about the tools TLC uses to conserve wild and working lands throughout the Triangle. Thank you to everyone who joined us and made the evening a success! Sign up for our next one, Steering the StewardShip with Associate Director of Stewardship Matt […]

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Conservation Conversations: Conservation & Regenerative Agriculture

March 26, 2020

On Wednesday, March 25, we hosted our very first Conservation Conversations! Eliza Lawdley, TLC’s farm manager, and Sandy Sweitzer, executive director, talked about conservation, regenerative agriculture, and the future Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve. Thank you to everyone who joined in and made the evening a success! We’ll be hosting these every Wednesday through April. […]

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Postponed: All April events

March 12, 2020

Update (3/30/20): All in-person April events have been postponed. We are hosting weekly Conservation Conversations on Wednesday at 6 p.m. via Zoom conferencing. Our nature preserves remain open. In the statewide stay-at-home order, hiking, running, biking, and walking outdoors are listed as essential activities. Please be mindful of others on the trail and remain six […]

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What’s New at TLC

March 11, 2020

TLC on track with more than 20,100 acres conserved In order for TLC to conserve 25,000 acres by 2025, staff are hard at work closing conservation easements, applying for grants, and seeking out new properties. We ended 2019 strong with the conservation of 120 acres in Johnston County, and as of mid-February, we’ve conserved more […]

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Longleaf pine is a ‘tree of the future’

March 11, 2020

Hundreds of years ago, from the Triangle to the coast, millions of acres of longleaf pine towered over green and golden grassland. Lightning-caused wildfires eliminated the mid-story while savanna grasses, low shrubs, and herbaceous plants thrived as habitat and nutrient sources for thousands of species under longleaf pine trees.    Healthy longleaf pine ecosystems are […]

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Farming to mitigate the effects of climate change

March 11, 2020

Update: In light of the latest guidelines from the CDC about COVID-19 and postponing gatherings of more than 50 people for the next 8 weeks, TLC has postponed the Grand Opening of Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve, which was scheduled for April 25. Information courtesy of Regenerative Design Group You might have seen the term […]

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Largest conservation project key for region’s resilience

March 11, 2020

By Ron Gallagher In October, TLC secured its largest land conservation project ever — 1,120 acres in Johnston County known as Brogden Bottomlands. This project maintains an important wetlands ecosystem that helps protect the Neuse River for downstream users and is a significant addition to the protected lands in an Audubon-identified Important Bird Area. Just […]

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