STEWARDS OF THE SANDHILLS
The NCSCP has accomplished many shared goals, including the development of a regional database through which partners share information; an ability to leverage state, federal, and private funds to protect lands that provide wildlife and human recreation benefits; the establishment of the first Safe Harbor and Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) programs in the nation; and the recovery of the NC Sandhills population of the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. The NCSCP has protected over 30,000 acres of land, much of which has been transferred into public ownership.
The North Carolina Sandhills, approximately one million acres in extent, support the second largest concentration of the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker (RCW) in existence. However, over the years, the extent and quality of the longleaf pine ecosystem has been diminished due to rapid changes in land use patterns, leading to a significant reduction in the number of RCW groups. In order to sustain the longleaf pine ecosystem and recover the NC Sandhills RCW population, collaboration across stakeholder groups was needed to ensure adequate protection and management of both private and public lands. As a result, in 2000, the North Carolina Sandhills Conservation Partnership (NCSCP) was formed.
Where We Work
The NCSCP boundary, wedged between the Coastal Plain and Piedmont regions of North and South Carolina and Georgia, includes the Sandhills and portions of the Uwharries to the west, which have historically supported longleaf pine communities.
How We Work
Partners of the NCSCP meet quarterly to discuss various topics related to management, research, and conservation in the NC Sandhills. The NCSCP also organizes working group functions that bring together partners to visit field sites and discuss topics of interest relevant to the mission of the working group.
The NCSCP consists of several working groups: the Communication Working Group, Land Protection Working Group, Red-cockaded Woodpecker (RCW) Recovery Working Group, Reserve Design Working Group, and Resource Management Working Group. Click the photos below to get in touch with each Working Group chair.
The Land Protection Working Group identifies funding sources for land protection and utilizes the Reserve Design to identify properties that will increase conservation of key ecological resources via fee simple acquisition, conservation easements, and other land protection tools.