Core Activity Highlights

Core Activity Highlights


  • Successfully advocated [1983-1994] for creation of local and special purpose units of government greenway programs to Cary, Chapel Hill, Durham City, Pittsboro, Wake Forest,Rolesville, Research Triangle Park, Garner
  • Developed the vision [1984] of a “Circle the Triangle Trail” as a metaphor for promotion of a regional greenway network, and justification for complementary local greenway systems
  • Partnered with Triangle Land Conservancy on a grant that allowed the TGC to: (1) prepare in collaboration with NCSU’s Landscape Architecture Program [1985] the report “Future Of The Neuse River In Wake County,” and (2) construct and maintain [1986-1992] approximately 24 miles of public trail on the south shore of Falls Lake, now a segment of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail
  • Partnered with the Triangle Land Conservancy and others to sponsor biannual canoe trips[1986-1991] on the Neuse River in Wake and Johnston Counties
  • Partnered with other organizations (government agencies, businesses, and non profits to supply trail planning, construction supervision, volunteers, and tools for projects throughout the region: Lobblolly Gwy in Raleigh, B.W. Wells at Falls Lake State Park, Sandy Creek Gwy in Durham, Blue Jay Point at Falls Lake, Leigh Farm Park in Durham, White Pines Reserve in Chatham, Umstead State Park, Eno River headwaters of Falls Lake, New Hope Creek in Durham, Swift Creek Preserve in Wake, NC Museum of Art Park and its WoodlandTrail, Wake Enterprise’s in Fuquay Varina
  • Studied the trail potential [1988] of Shearon Harris Lake buffer lands as part of a regional trails network
  • Cosponsored the 1st NC Greenways Conference in Raleigh in 1987, the 4th NC Greenways Conference in Durham in 1991, and the 1st National Greenways Conference in Raleigh in1992.
  • Printed a quarterly newsletter [1992-1999] to address information needs on all aspects of greenways, their multiple purposes, development, and use, as well as activities in the region.
  • Used part of a State Adopt A Trail grant [1996] to prepare computer based data and map ofthe region showing existing trails, that later became an element of the region’s Green Print.
  • Partnered with Triangle Land Conservancy and the Umstead Coalition on a World Wildlife Fund supported study [1997] to create a “Conservation Plan for the Richland Creek Corridor”in northwest Raleigh
  • Sponsored the Trails in the Triangle Conference in Raleigh in 1997
  • Began its Land Trust function [1997] to secure properties within proposed future greenway corridors, and leverage more funding and other resources for creation of local greenwaysystems, and regional greenway network
  • Partnered with the Department of Landscape Architecture at NCSU [1998] to prepare the “Walnut Creek and Rocky Branch Greenway Loop” report
  • Christened a new Land Trust function with acceptance of a “reverter interest” from The Nature Conservancy [1998] on the two adjoining properties that constitute Hymettus Woods Nature Park in Raleigh.



  • Used a grant from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, through the ConservationTrust for NC, to prepare a “Riparian Corridor Conservation Design for the Upper Neuse RiverBasin” [2000] in Johnston, Wake, Durham, Orange, and Person Counties
  • Received a donation [2002] of a 2.5 acre property in Durham adjoining the American Tobacco Trail (ATT) for future use as a trailhead.
  • Accepted donation of 75 acres [2002] on Crabtree Creek in Raleigh as an addition to the greenway’s wetland and forest corridor.
  • In collaboration with Habitat for Humanity, two properties totaling 5.3 acres were received [2004] on tributaries to Walnut Creek in Raleigh for water quality protection.



  • Original partner with the City of Raleigh [2005] in its Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative to protect water quality in nine local government drinking water reservoirs through voluntary riparian corridor conservation acquisition
  • Accepted donation of 24 acres in Holly Springs [2005] as a wetland and forest addition to their greenway system on Middle Creek.
  • In collaboration with DHIC, 31 acres were received [2005] on Walnut Creek in Raleigh, including a previously existing City greenway trail.
  • 15 acres on Walnut Creek in Raleigh was accepted [2007] as a donation to enhance the wetland and forest corridor.
  • Received a donation [2007] of two adjoining properties totaling 12.6 acres on Turkey Creek in Raleigh.
  • Five contiguous properties totaling 78 acres on Middle Creek in Cary and Fuqua Varina were received by donation [2007].



  • The donation of a 2.5 acre property along Little Lick Creek was accepted [2008] to become part of the designated greenway corridor.
  • Partnered with the Town of Clayton [2008] to assist with securing grant funds and assembling property for their Neuse River Greenway corridor, that is a section of the Mountains-to-SeaTrail
  • After several years of neglect, the organization’s website was overhauled and relaunched [2009]. This coincided with adoption of a new logo.
  • A 2.5 acre property held for the past six years, with public access facilities subsequently constructed by the Triangle Rails to Trails Conservancy, was transferred [2009] to the City of Durham as an addition to the American Tobacco Trail.
  • Joined the City of Raleigh and Partners for Environmental Justice in celebrating dedication [2009] of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center; the first facility exclusively for environmental education.
  • Funding was secured from the Doris Duke Foundation, made available through The Conservation Fund, for educational presentations about the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). Separate workshops [2009] were arranged for the: (1) Wake County Greenways and Trails Consortium comprised of local government planners and managers, and (2) Triangle Section of the NC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects; as well as a shorter presentation to the: (3) Durham-Orange Work Group comprised of elected officials from those jurisdictions.
  • An NCSU Ecology Lab was given permission [2009] to use one of the organization’s conserved properties for aquatic biology sampling by students.
  • Entered into an agreement with Wake Enterprises (a life skills trainer and employer of special needs adults) to plan and coordinate construction of a trail on their Fuquay Varina property [2009], with assistance from FV High School volunteers.
  • Adopted a resolution supporting the concept of a nonmotorized trail running between Raleigh and Richmond along the outside of the proposed High Speed Rail corridor [2009], as proposed by both states.



  • In cooperation with Partners for Environmental Justice the transfer of a use agreement on a 17 acre State owned wetland was approved by the Council of State [2010] for use by the City of Raleigh as an outdoor classroom for the adjoining Walnut Creek Wetland Park and its environmental education center.
  • Assisted the Town of Clayton in preparation of its [2010] second successful grant application for implementation of its section of the Mountains to Sea Trail along the Neuse River, and for connecting local greenway corridors.
  • Submitted comments to the President’s Americas Great Outdoors initiative [2010] that advocated for greenways, and appealed for more attention to urban open space as green infrastructure and for ecosystem function.
  • The organization’s public outreach and education efforts were reinstated [2010] with creation of a general display on the greenway concept, and a specific poster on the role of greenways in protecting wildlife during climate change. These appeared at several events across the region, and continue to serve their intended purpose.
  • Two contiguous properties amounting to 31 acres on Chunky Pipe Creek were bargain sold and acquired [2010] with a grant from the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative for drinking water quality protection and as a future part of Durham’s greenway system.
  • A 10 acre property on an unnamed tributary to Little Lick Creek was bargain sold and acquired [2010] with a grant from the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative for drinking water quality protection and future potential greenway corridor in Durham.
  • Five contiguous properties amounting to 32 acres on Walnut Creek in Raleigh were bargain sold [2010] and acquired with a grant from the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, as a wetland and forest addition to the greenway corridor.
  • Accepted donation of 14 acres on an unnamed tributary to Crabtree Creek [2010] as part of a future greenway corridor.



  • After a decade of inactivity, the organization’s newsletter was resurrected [2011] as an electronic document, distributed quarterly to members, greenway professionals, and elected officials.
  • Received title to 78 acres on the Neuse River between Smithfield and Clayton from the NCDOT [2011] for future use as part of the Mountain to Sea Trail.
  • Cosponsored with Partners for Environmental Justice and the Friends of Lake Johnson, and in partnership with the City of Raleigh [2011], the first Walnut Creek Celebration staged as a new annual festival and educational field day.
  • In an effort to elevate the concept of creating a significant public park on the former Dix Hospital property, along the Capital City’s Rocky Branch greenway corridor, a Dix Park Celebration was conceived [2011]. The Dix Visionaries, NC Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and the NC Chapter of the Sierra Club collaborated to sponsor this evening at the NC Museum of Art for more than 200 invited community leaders.
  • As the organization’s inventory of lands conserved for future greenway use grows, so does the need for periodic maintenance/management activities. These were formalized [2011] and became more repetitive, as a practical stewardship necessity.
  • Three contiguous properties amounting to 4.35 acres on Lick Creek were bargain sold and acquired [2011] with a grant from the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative for drinking water quality protection as part of Durham’s greenway system and part of the State Designated Middle Lick Creek Bottomlands Significant Natural Heritage Area.