The Piedmont Land Conservancy was one of nine organizations in North Carolina and South Carolina awarded grant funding from the Duke Energy Water Resources Fund.
The grant of $48,000 will be used to transfer 155 acres of the Hill Farm in Stokes County to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for permanent protection and management as a public access fishing, hiking and limited hunting preserve.
Projects funded through the grant program run the gamut, including providing additional public access along the Catawba River, protecting wetlands on the Waccamaw River, and permanently protecting land along rivers in Randolph and Stokes counties.
The Water Resources Fund is a $10 million, multiyear commitment from Duke Energy to help local nonprofits continue to protect and improve the environment, including waterways used year-round across the Carolinas and neighboring states.
“The Water Resources Fund reflects our ongoing commitment to protect water resources that are vital to the health of the region,” said Shawn Heath, president of the Duke Energy Foundation. “The projects across the Carolinas will leave a legacy of improved water quality and conservation for decades to come.”
The fund was announced in September 2014. Recipients are selected by an independent body that includes five environmental experts and two Duke Energy employees.