Division of Land and Water Stewardship
Created with the newly formed Department of Natural and Cultural Resources in 2015, the state Division of Land and Water Stewardship includes two established programs focused on preserving our state's unqiue environment for generations to come -- the Clean Water Management Trust Fund and the Natural Heritage Program.
Clean Water Management Trust Fund
North Carolina's Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF) works with local governments, state agencies and conservation-focused nonprofit organizations to address water pollution problems through a comprehensive grants program. CWMTF grants help restore degraded waters and protect unpolluted waters to maintain the level of water quality, ecological diversity, and historical values that North Carolinians deserve and expect.
Natural Heritage Program
The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program serves as an information clearinghouse in support of conservation of the rarest and most outstanding elements of natural diversity in the Tar Heel state. These elements of natural diversity include plants and animals which are so rare or the natural communities which are so significant that they merit special consideration as land-use decisions are made.