North Carolina

Blue Ridge Resource Conservation and Development Council
Restoring the Bakersville Creekwalk with Natural Design and Native Vegetation (NC)
Restore and stabilize a 900 linear foot section along the right descending bank and a 1400 linear feet section along the left descending bank of Cane Creek using natural channel design methods and native vegetation plantings. Project will reduce pollution impacts due to stormwater runoff and associated sedimentation, and restoration of stream corridors will provide important habitat during fish and wildlife migrations.

Canaan Valley Institute
Coordinating Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Strategies and Goals (multiple states)
Continue the activities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture in the historic range of the species. Project will refine the strategic objectives and key conservation priorities of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture using the results of the recently completed status assessment of wild brook trout at the catchment scale.

City of New Bern
Creating a Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation Plan for the City of New Bern (NC)
Create a replicable city-wide Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation Plan, identify priority restoration sites, develop preliminary and 50% design, and work directly with stakeholders to meet the City’s restoration and community resilience goals based on the results of its ongoing community capacity building and planning project. Project will analyze and implement sustainable nature-based solutions that will enable both its manmade and natural environments to be more resilient.

Managing American Oystercatchers and Minimizing Coastal Engineering Impacts Along the Atlantic Coast (multiple states)
Coordinate the American oystercatcher recovery initiative, implement best management practices for disturbance and predation management along the U.S. Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast of Florida and develop long-term improvements in coastal engineering protocols to restore habitats critical to focal shorebird species. Project will support the goals of the Atlantic Flyway Business Plan by creating a framework for long-term protection, restoration and creation of shorebird habitat at key sites.

National Wildlife Federation
Expanding Longleaf Pine Restoration and Prescribed Fire Delivery in the North Carolina Sandhills
Advance longleaf pine planting, prescribed burning and forest thinning on private lands within the Sandhills region of North Carolina, which will benefit longleaf pine and grassland adapted bird species, such as Bachman’s sparrow and northern bobwhite. Project will engage 2,000 citizens through a fire festival, as well as 300 landowners through the North Carolina Sandhills Prescribed Burn Association and other outreach efforts to restore and enhance more than 8,600 acres of longleaf pine habitat.

North Carolina Coastal Land Trust
Cape Fear Bottomlands Conservation (NC)
North Carolina Coastal Land Trust will enhance local water quality and improve benthic and aquatic resources through the conservation of a 1,093 acre property of relatively pristine riverine habitat along 3.5 miles of the Cape Fear River and almost 1.5 miles along Indian Creek, a tributary to the Cape Fear River. Project will expand recreational access as a public gameland and potential ecotourism opportunities in Indian Creek.

North Carolina State University
Expanding Prescribed Fire Delivery to Restore Southeast Forests (multiple states)
Expand and accelerate the implementation of prescribed fire to restore and enhance longleaf pine habitat and other fire dependent forest and grassland communities within the Southeast. Project will engage landowners, including underserved landowners and fire practitioners through technical assistance, training and outreach to increase the use of prescribed fire.

Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Planning for Coastal Resilience through an Innovative Design Approach to Capacity Building (GA, NC, SC)
Identify, assess and build regional teams to address hydrologic connectivity threats resulting from inadequate culvert structures in tidal systems. Project will focus on surveying, assessing and prioritizing sites with key regional partners from diverse backgrounds and aims to build a community of practice in each region to further aquatic conservation and community resiliency.

The Longleaf Alliance
Coordinating Local Implementation Team Capacity and Landowner Technical Assistance and Outreach (multiple states) - V
Improve and sustain coordination and exchange of information among 18 multi-partner local implementation teams that organize, plan and deliver conservation actions to restore and enhance the longleaf pine ecosystem. Project will support strategic on-the-ground restoration through conservation planning, as well as tracking and communication of longleaf pine restoration accomplishments.

The Nature Conservancy
Restoring Longleaf Pine and At-Risk Species Habitat in the Cape Fear Arch Region (NC)
Increase prescribed burning of longleaf pine habitat, build public support for longleaf conservation through the Fire in the Pines festival and mentor private landowners on longleaf pine restoration in eastern North Carolina. Project will establish 160 acres of longleaf pine, complete controlled burns on 22,554 acres and improve management of an additional 1,099 acres of longleaf pine habitat, benefiting red-cockaded woodpecker and Bachman’s sparrow.

Town of Nags Head
Developing a Head Estuarine Shoreline Management Plan for the Town of Nags Head (NC)
Address the estuarine shoreline management in the Town of Nags Head while balancing land use, ecosystem health, public health and recreational opportunities. Project will prioritize shoreline management opportunities through a biogeographical inventory of existing shorelines, historical changes and impacts; identify shoreline best management practices, uses and policy; and explore regulatory issues to consider the impacts of future hazards on the estuarine system, such as sea level rise.

Town of Navassa
Tidal Wetland Conservation at Navassa Waterfront Park (NC)
Secure approximately 50 acres of tidal wetland for preservation through a conservation easement, while the remaining acreage will be used for a community park or public space and access to the bordering waterways. Project will conserve two parcels totaling 71 acres located approximately 0.3 miles south of Main Street in Navassa, North Carolina.

Town of Navassa
Navassa Stormwater and Riparian Restoration (NC)
Develop a comprehensive stormwater management plan incorporating both stormwater best management practices and the conservation and restoration of riparian wetlands and buffers for the Town of Navassa. Project will include removal of historic fill and debris; re-grading of original contours; planting with characteristic riparian hardwood seedlings; restoration of floodplain benches; and riparian buffer plantings.

Town of Navassa
Indian Creek Natural Resource Restoration and Conservation (NC)
Restore, enhance and preserve several types of habitats endemic to the Lower Cape Fear region along 1.75 miles of Indian Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River. Project will protect over 142 acres of high-quality tidal freshwater marsh and tidal cypress-gum swamp and 40 acres of 100-foot buffers along Indian Creek and Moll’s Branch through a conservation easement.

Town of Navassa
Moze Heritage Site Tidal Restoration (NC)
Enhance riverine swamp forest along the northeastern portion of the Moze Heritage Site and enhance and preserve high marsh via the rehabilitation of historic rice field dikes. Project will result in the enhancement, restoration and/or conservation of 40 acres on the larger 300-acre site.

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Preventing Human Disturbance of Atlantic Flyway Shorebirds – III (multiple states)
Address the threat of disturbance to red knot, American oystercatcher and whimbrel by implementing Community Based Social Marketing strategies for human disturbance reduction, developing a shorebird disturbance reduction toolkit for land managers and disseminating the results throughout the Atlantic Flyway shorebird network. Project will develop scalable conservation strategies that can be applied to change human behavior and improve shorebird survival and reproductive success.