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

News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

NC falls short of goal to protect 1 million acres

Raleigh--In ten years, North Carolina has permanently protected more than 640,000 acres of parks, forests, farmlands, and such critical areas as Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, and the banks of the Haw River.  Yet, according to a new Environment North Carolina study, the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to reach the million-acre mark by December 31, 2009.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Unfulfilled Promise

Raleigh--In ten years, North Carolina has permanently protected more than 640,000 acres of parks, forests, farmlands, and such critical areas as Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, and the banks of the Haw River.  Yet, according to a new Environment North Carolina study, the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to reach the million-acre mark by December 31, 2009.

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Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Losing Our Natural Heritage

North Carolina’s signature woodlands, farmlands, and open spaces are disappearing at an alarming rate.  If these trends continue, the state’s treasured natural areas will disappear as vast tracts of land are developed into urban areas in the next twenty years.

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