Walter ClarkDirector, Division of Land and Water Stewardship

Walter Clark, executive director of the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund and director of the Division of Land and Water Stewardship, is a North Carolina native with a long history of working to balance the protection of North Carolina’s natural resources with the livelihoods of its people.

Clark received a Bachelor of Arts degree from East Carolina University, a Masters in Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University.

After working as a staff attorney for the N.C. Division of Coastal Management, Clark was North Carolina Sea Grant’s coastal law, planning, and policy specialist for over two decades. Clark left N.C. Sea Grant in 2008 to take a position as the Executive Director of the Blue Ridge Conservancy, a land conservancy in North Carolina’s High Country. He joined DNCR as executive director of the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund and director of the Division of Land and Water Stewardship in 2017.

He is also the owner of a working blueberry farm, Old Orchard Creek Farm in Ashe County. The farm is protected by a conservation easement and is on the National Historic Register.