panoramic view of future state park lands and Mt. Pisgah peak

2022 NC State Budget a Win for Protecting Parks, Air and Water

The North Carolina governor and legislators’ 2022 state budget prioritizes land and water conservation. Funding of $48.4 million to the state’s conservation trust funds will benefit people and nature for generations.

“Our state’s conservation needs are not one-and-done,” said Carl Silverstein, executive director of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. “We join the Land for Tomorrow coalition in sending thanks to our state leadership for building on the foundation of conservation funding established in 2021. By securing reoccurring funding in 2022, every generation now has a chance to have clean air and water as well as beautiful places to play.”

Land and water are North Carolina’s most important economic assets. The four engines of North Carolina’s economy – agriculture, tourism, forestry and the military  – depend on land and water conservation. Therefore, protecting these vital natural resources is essential to North Carolina’s bottom line – boosting spending and providing jobs.

The conservation trust funds ensure that the North Carolina Land and Water Trust Fund (NCLWF) and the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) are fully funded to be the safeguards for our state. In addition, these funds enable conservation groups to continue working with state agencies to protect North Carolina’s valuable natural resources, ensuring that both current and future generations will continue to benefit from all our state has to offer.

Increases in conservation funding in the 2022 budget include:

  • Increases recurring funding for the North Carolina Land and Water Fund by $11 million, taking the total recurring funding from $13.2 million to $24.2 million.
  • Increases recurring funding for the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund by $8 million, taking the total recurring funding from $16.2 million to $24.2 million.

Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy is a partner in Land for Tomorrow — a statewide coalition of community leaders, conservation and wildlife organizations, and parks and recreation advocates with a common goal: increasing land and water conservation in North Carolina.

To learn more about the impact of the conservation trust funds and see your tax dollars in action, follow Land for Tomorrow on Facebook and Twitter.