From Mount Mitchell to Jockey’s Ridge, North Carolina is home to some of the best state parks in the country. Our state parks are where we go to hike, camp, swim and picnic, and we should do everything we can to protect them.

Our best places left vulnerable

Unfortunately, our state parks are falling into disrepair, and are even threatened with closure due to funding cuts. Funding for our state parks has been reduced by 80 percent since 2007, and in 2013 the dedicated revenue stream was eliminated entirely. In 2012, the state considered closing all the state parks for the winter in an effort to save money.

For the first time in history, state leaders are even considering charging entrance fees, which could limit access to our state parks.

That’s why Environment North Carolina is working to show our elected leaders the massive public support for restoring funding to keep our state parks open and protected for all to enjoy.

A 100 year-old legacy

Next year, North Carolina’s state parks will celebrate their 100th birthday. And with more than 14 million visits to our parks every year, we know that the public supports protecting them. Yet, the number of grants awarded to our state parks shrunk from 47 in 2012 to just 14 in 2013.

Year after year, funding for our parks is cut, and if we do nothing, our parks will fall further into disrepair and some may need to close. We can’t stand by and let the funding that maintains our parks and keeps them open dwindle. In order to make that happen, we need people all across the state to speak out in support of our state parks.

Together we can win

We’re knocking on doors across the state, shining a spotlight in the media, and mobilizing local elected officials and small businesses to show support for protecting our parks. But the real key to winning this fight is you.

Preservation updates

Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Securing North Carolina's Future

North Carolina’s forests, farms, wetlands and other natural lands contribute to our health, economic prosperity and quality of life. Rapid residential and commercial development over the last several decades has resulted in the loss of millions of acres of these important lands. Recognizing the challenge, individual citizens, organizations and public officials across North Carolina have sprung into action – investing money, time and effort to protect places that matter across the state.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Conservation advocates set five-year goals

A tight economy and cuts in state funding have slowed land and water protection efforts across North Carolina in recent years. But the state’s land trusts and conservancies have accomplished much since the founding of Land for Tomorrow in 2005 … and now they have ambitious – but achievable – goals for the coming years.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

Nearly half of all legislators score a “zero” on the environment

Raleigh, NC— A record 55 representatives and 24 senators failed to cast a single contested vote in favor of the environment in 2011, a reflection of the repeated attacks waged by the General Assembly on the state’s air, water, and open spaces last year.  

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

This Earth Day, electeds and advocacy groups stand together for the environment

Raleigh--On the eve of the 41st Earth Day, with many of our core environmental laws under attack in both Raleigh and Washington, Environment North Carolina stood with U.S. Congressmen David Price and Brad Miller, along with NC Representative Jennifer Weiss, to speak out against these threats to North Carolina’s air, water, land and quality of life.

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News Release | Environment North Carolina

House budget guts critical conservation programs

RALEIGH – State conservation and environmental leaders say that the impacts of the proposed House budget would be dire for the environment—eroding protections for air quality, rivers and streams, and green spaces statewide.

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