Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America

Conservation Partnerships

Albermarle Pamlico Community Conservation Collaboration

The Albermarle Pamlico Community Conservation Collaboration (AP3C) got underway in 2007 when an extensive group of professionals gathered to share concerns for the natural resources and important wildlife habitats of the Albermarle Pamlico peninsula, especially in light of global climate change. This group intends to explore opportunities to manage lands, restore habitats, and protect lands and waters for the benefit of species native to the region. To learn more or become involved contact Sam Pearsall at: spearsall@environmentaldefense.org

Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration

The Cape Fear Arch encompasses one of the most biologically diverse areas along the Atlantic Coast. It includes the watersheds of the lower Cape Fear and the Waccamaw Rivers. Like so many areas along the coast, this area is under great development pressure, creating an ever increasing demand for supporting infrastructure, which eliminates habitat for important wildlife species. Several interested conservation partners began collaboration in 2006 with a mission to develop a community conservation vision that provides protection and stewardship of the important natural resources and raises conservation awareness. To learn more or become involved visit the partnership web site at: www.capefeararch.org

Chatham Conservation Partnership

To provide a voice for Chatham County’s natural resources and perhaps a vision for their protection, more than 40 active participants from state and federal agencies, local land trusts, local conservation organization, county officials, commissioners, planners, and landowners several organizations, agencies, officials, and concerned citizens began convening in the fall of 2006. This newly formed Chatham Conservation Partnership desires a sustainable county focused on the preservation of its natural resources and rural and agricultural heritage. To learn more or become involved contact Sarah McRae at: sarah_mcrae@fws.gov or visit Chatham Conservation Partnership.

Dan River Coalition

Just forming in 2008, the Dan River Coalition hopes to put together partners and resources to focus on the protection and stewardship of the natural resources of the Dan River from its upper most parts in Virginia to Kerr Lake. To learn more or become involved contact Julie Elmore at: piedmontconservationcouncil@gmail.com

Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership

The Greater Uwharrie Conservation Partnership centers around the southern, central Piedmont of North Carolina that contains the Uwharries, an ancient mountain range, a series of lakes along the Yadkin-Pee Dee watershed, nationally significant aquatic habitats, rare wetlands, Uwharrie National Forest, Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, farmlands, and Piedmont prairie remnants. The mission of this partnership is "to work for the long-term conservation and enhancement of biological diversity and ecosystem sustainability throughout the Greater Uwharries landscape compatible with the land use, conservation and management objectives of the participating organizations and agencies." To learn more or become involved contact Laura Fogo at: laura_fogo@fws.gov or visit Greater Uhwharrie Conservation Partnership.

North Carolina Longleaf Coalition

The mission of the North Carolina Longleaf Coalition is to promote the maintenance and restoration of North Carolina’s longleaf pine ecosystem, including its cultural and economic values, by forming a collaborative network of diverse stakeholders to provide strategic leadership across the historic range while also supporting local restoration activities. To learn more or become involved visit the website at: North Carolina Longleaf Coalition.

North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council

The North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council, while not geared to a specific geographic region of the state, is a partnership of resources managers, both public and private, with the focus of promoting prescribed fire and addressing barriers to prescribed burning. The primary goal of the Council is to optimize burning opportunities for the benefit of natural ecosystems and wildlife and to reduce the risk of damage from wildfires. Fire is such a integral process for the management of much of our state’s habitats. Prescribed burning benefits game, nongame, and endangered wildlife species by enhancing wildlife habitat. To learn more or become involved visit the website at: North Carolina Prescribed Fire Council.

North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership

The North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership was formed in 2000 with the specific intent to facilitate collaboration between various federal, state, and non-profit conservation groups for the purpose of conserving the vanishing longleaf pine ecosystem and recovering the federally-listed endangered red-cockaded woodpecker in the North Carolina Sandhills. To learn more or become involved visit the web site at: North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership.

Onslow Bight Conservation Forum

The Onslow Bight Conservation Forum has among its goals "to promote the conservation, restoration, health and sustainable use of the landscape and the native terrestrial and aquatic communities that depend, in whole or in part, on the lands and waters of the Onslow Bight area." The Onslow Bight, bounded on the north by Cape Lookout and on the South by Cape Fear, contains a unique landform of saltwater marshes, riverine wetlands, pocosins, longleaf pine savannahs, and other coastal ecosystems. It also includes several large protected areas such as Cape Lejune and Croatan National Forest. To learn more or become involved contact Hervey McIver at: hmciver@tnc.org

Piedmont Prairie Partnership

The Piedmont Prairie Partnership is a group of natural resource professionals and landowners who joined forces to explore opportunities and techniques for the restoration and enhancement of native prairies throughout North Carolina. Piedmont Prairies, also known as grasslands, early successional habitat, savannahs, or xeric hardpan forests contain a whole suite of native bird and rare plant species such as Schweinitz’s sunflower and smooth coneflower which are both federally listed endangered species. To learn more or become involved contact Laura Fogo at: laura_fogo@fws.gov

Upper Tar Collaboration

Anchored by the Tar River Land Conservancy, the Upper Tar Collaboration, includes a multitude of corporate, agency, non-profit, and private partners dedicated to preserving and managing riparian buffers and wetlands to help protect the incredible aquatic biodiversity that resides in the Upper Tar River Basin. This basin is nationally recognized as one of the most important watersheds along the east coast because it harbors fourteen Federal and State rare and endangered species, including the federally endangered Tar spinymussel and dwarf wedgemussel. To learn more or become involved contact Derek Halberg at dhalberg@tarriver.org or visit the Tar River Land Conservancy.

Last Updated: November 1, 2012