About Us

NC Forever is a consensus-based organization whose mission is to advocate for state funds and related policies needed to conserve and protect North Carolina’s lands and waters for the purpose of making the State a better place to live, work, and do business for all.

What We Do

NC Forever seeks to help lawmakers and executive branch leaders understand the importance of protecting our natural resources. NC Forever partners work together to encourage specific, agreed-upon funding and related policy initiatives that protect and enhance North Carolina’s lands and waters. While advocacy is the central focus of the organization, NC Forever also seeks to educate both decision makers and the public on conservation needs and current funding levels in the state through studies like the one conducted by RTI in 2018. The organization also facilitates annual events, including a state budget briefing, and an event to honor an individual for special contributions to conservation and protection of North Carolina’s lands and waters.

Who We Are

In 2016, a small group of business leaders and conservation advocates saw a need in North Carolina. They believed that businesses and environmental groups were too often at odds. Disagreements overshadowed a common goal: the conservation and protection of North Carolina’s lands and waters – for generations to come. The result: The creation of NC Forever. During 2017, a broader group of business and environmental leaders came together as Founding Partners. Through the year, they ironed out organizational details.

Partner Organizations

Audubon

Audubon North Carolina

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina

EDF

Environmental Defense Fund

farm bureau

North Carolina Farm Bureau

friends-of-parks

Friends of State Parks

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Martin Marietta

NCCF

North Carolina Coastal Federation

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NC Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

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Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

NCRPA

North Carolina Recreation and Park Association

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Partners for Parks

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Smithfield Foods

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Site Collaborative

Syngenta

Syngenta

Nutrien

Nutrien

Leadership

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Co-ChairMichelle WellsNC Recreation & Park Association

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Co-ChairStewart LeethSmithfield Foods

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TreasurerMitch PeeleNC Farm Bureau

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SecretaryAndrew Hutson Audubon NC

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Board MemberDavid KellyEnvironmental Defense Fund

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Board MemberBryan EvansNC  Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts

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Board MemberDavid PearsonFriends of State Parks

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Board MemberChris EvansBlue Cross Blue Shield of NC

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Board MemberDoug YoungbloodPartners for Parks

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Board MemberJesse PopeGrandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation

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Board MemberTodd MillerNorth Carolina Coastal Federation

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Board MemberGraham SmithSite Collaborative

Board MemberSteve WhittMartin Marietta

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Board MemberPeter RaabeAmerican Rivers

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Board MemberTony BurdSyngenta

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Board MemberRay McKeithanNutrien

How to Join

NC Forever brings together unconventional allies for a common purpose. NC Forever is a unique opportunity for you and your organization to make a significant difference for the future of our state’s natural resources. Individuals, companies, and organizations interested in joining NC Forever click below to learn more.