The Dirt Blog

Land Trust Alliance Rally 2019 coming to Raleigh

September 17, 2019

Get ready Triangle — next month, more than 1,800 conservation professionals will be making their way to Rally Raleigh, where they’ll get to see the TLC projects and preserves our supporters made possible. The Land Trust Alliance (LTA)  annual conference, Rally, is the largest annual gathering of conservationists from the United States, Canada, South America […]

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Brumley Bridge is complete!

September 16, 2019

(All) the trails at Brumley North are once again open to the public! TLC is thrilled that the new bridge across Stony Creek at Brumley North is complete, and thanks to your generous support, we’ve raised almost half the funds needed for the unexpected $30,000 repair. Now that Brumley North trails are open just in […]

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New Faces, New Spaces

September 12, 2019

Our excitement is growing as work kicks into high gear at the Sarah and Bailey Williamson Preserve at Walnut Hill for the Grand Opening on April 25, 2020! We have welcomed the first farmers to the property through our partnerships with Wake County’s NextGen Farming Program and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and […]

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White Oak Greenway Acquisition

September 12, 2019

By Jack Blackmer Thanks to a donation from a generous family who loved their family’s land, there is a shady oasis in the midst of one of the most rapidly developing areas in Wake County that is now owned and protected forever by TLC! Totaling 24 acres of rich bottomland hardwood forest and wetlands teeming […]

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Conserving For, Not From

September 12, 2019

By Margaret Sands News this good was hard to keep to ourselves! As you know, on Earth Day 2017, we celebrated the grand opening of Brumley Nature Preserve in Orange County with 1,300 outdoor enthusiasts. Each month 3,000 hikers, bikers, dog walkers, runners, Pokémon seekers, birders, volunteers, photographers, students, and nature lovers visit the 613-acre […]

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Protecting Land for Clean Drinking Water

September 12, 2019

By Ron Gallagher The highly successful and innovative Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, already well into its teenage years, is about to get a sibling. This fall, TLC and multiple partners unveil the Jordan Lake Watershed Conservation Strategy that will be a component of a new water-protection effort called the Jordan Lake One-Water initiative (JLOW). […]

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Invasive Species Management

August 13, 2019

By Caroline Durham Many landowners are familiar with the growing number of unwelcome guests taking over North Carolina’s Piedmont.  They’re taking over your hardwood forests, your beautiful riverbeds, and even your backyard garden.  Some of these trespassers include the ever-present Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum), the stubborn Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense), and the rapidly colonizing Tree […]

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Image of an Eastern swallowtail caterpillar provided by Nate Burns.

Meet the Species at Williamson Preserve

July 17, 2019

The Bailey and Sarah Williamson Preserve is an expansive property with 405-acres of natural beauty that is set to open April 2020. Williamson Preserve is at the heart of Mark’s Creek landscape and has an abundant amount of species present! I can’t wait for you to meet many of these species next year or on […]

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That Makes Sense Trail sign

Did You Know?

June 24, 2019

Did you know there is a trail especially for children at TLC’s Horton Grove Nature Preserve? You may already know about Horton Grove, TLC’s largest nature preserve located NE of Durham. You may have visited and enjoyed its many habitats including hilly woodlands, native grasslands, ponds and streams home to a wide variety of wildlife […]

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Second Brumley Data Collection Day

May 15, 2019

By Steve Emery, volunteer Despite the warmer weather we had a smaller group for our second data collection event at Brumley South.  Even with the smaller team of counters, though, we got as many plots documented as on the first session.  The participants, like the couple below, had many levels of experience, from a trained […]

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