Milestones for Black Family Land Trust
Conducted Feasibility Study of Mississippi and South Carolina to determine land retention challenges in seven designed sites.
Signed a Conservation Easement Stewardship Agreement with the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Town of Sandyfield for a 33.2 acre tract along the Beaver Dam Creek in Columbus County, North Carolina. This Stewardship Agreement is for riparian buffers that provide environmental protection for surface waters, urban drinking water supplies and to establish a network of riparian greenways for environmental, educational, and recreational use.
Approved by unanimous vote, the Black Family Land Trust became the 23rd member of the North Carolina Land Trust Council.
Collaborated with Gateway CDC, a developer of affordable housing in City of Henderson located in Vance County, North Carolina to protect a 1.5 acre wetland, and to establish one of the first green, affordable housing developments of this kind in the state. Download file here>>>
Started a complete organizational self-assessment to evaluate the organization’s effectiveness and relevance within the conservation and environmental protection sector.
Completed the organizational self-assessment which resulted in revised bylaws, expansion of the board of directors and new organizational lines of business.
Received funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for research and development of the Wealth Retention Asset Protection (WRAP) program.
Launched the Wealth Retention Asset Protection (WRAP) program throughout the Southeastern United States with five core strategies.
Published: ENERGY DEMOCRACY: RENEWABLE ENERGY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE RURAL SOUTH Resource Packet for The Black Family Land Trust Constituents In Mississippi, Alabama, And South Carolina.
Closed a forty acre perpetual agricultural easement on the Thompson Prawn Farm, a former tobacco farm in Cedar Grove, North Carolina, with funding from USDA Farm and Ranchland Preservation Program (FRPP), the North Carolina Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the Orange County Open Space program.
Introduced the BFLT’s African American Land Ethic program; the foundational context of the organization’s work. It provides a historical overview of African Americans relationships to, and with the land beginning with the Middle Passage.
Launched four Special Initiatives:
Closed a 436 acre military term easement on the Leonard Mobley Farm in Franklin County, NC with funding from the North Carolina Farmland Preservation Trust Fund.
Worked to retain more than 3,000 acres of family controlled land assets in 28 designated USDA StrikeForce counties between 2011 and 2015 with a cumulative land-value of over $12 million of Economic Impact in Virginia, North and South Carolina.
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