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About the Southeast

About the Southeast Region

Faced with rapid loss of environmental and land resources in the fastest developing region of the country, concerned citizens have organized land trusts across much of the Southeastern U.S. and have nearly doubled the pace of land conservation this decade.

Citizens of the region have responded to these threats in part by establishing land trusts to save many cherished but vulnerable natural places and community green spaces. Most of the 170 active land trusts working across the Southeast are relatively young, but dedicated to saving land and water resources fundamental to the survival of the South’s natural and cultural heritage — its “green legacy.”

The natural heritage of the Southeastern U.S. is imperiled as its human population growth surges and stresses the region’s environmental resources. Each year, more 800,000 acres of the region’s forest and farmlands have been consumed by development over the past 20 years. Global warming and sea level rise have already impacted the region.

The Land Trust Alliance is committed to helping land trusts across the Southeast increase their pace of land conservation, enhance their quality of performance and program strength, and assure permanence of their organizations and the lands they protect.

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Sea Green Turtles, Peregrine Falcons and Piping Plovers Homes’ Protected on Masonboro Island

Sea Green Turtles, Peregrine Falcons and Piping Plovers Homes’ Protected on Masonboro Island

NC - Masonboro Island is home to threatened and endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, sea green turtles, peregrine falcons, piping plovers, and seabeach amaranth. The largest privately-held parcel of land left on Masonboro Island will now be under permanent protection.

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