Funding & Awards

Leveraging local funds (including $10 million approved by County voters since 1997) with State and Federal dollars, and working with area conservation partners, the Lands Legacy Program has protected over 3000 acres to date - both via outright purchase and through donated or purchased conservation easements. 

State & Federal Grants

During that time frame Lands Legacy has received over $5 million in State and Federal grants - including grants for the Little River Regional Park (for which Orange and Durham counties were named the "Local Government Conservationists of the Year" in 2003 by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina). 


In 2007 Orange County received the Excellence in County Planning Award from the National Association of County Planners, and Lands Legacy was twice runner-up for the National County Leadership in Conservation Award by the National Association of Counties and Trust for Public Land.