Cape Fear Arch

A Collaborative Voice for Nature

The Cape Fear Arch is a special geologic feature stretching from Cape Lookout, NC to Cape Romain, SC that contains nationally significant animal and plant communities.

Created in 2006, the Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration is a partnership of organizations and individuals interested in protecting this region while balancing the needs of man and nature.

Its mission is to develop and implement a community conservation vision to build awareness, protection and stewardship of the region’s important natural resources.

Quarterly Meetings


October 31, 2017

The final quarterly meeting of 2017 was held at Bald Head Island and hosted by the Bald Head Island Conservancy(BHIC). A big thank you to BHIC for hosting! The October meeting was geared towards coastal issues such as: BHIC Sea Turtle Protection Program, coastal research, and the terminal groin on Bald Head Island. 


November 10, 2015

Our final quarterly meeting for 2015 was oriented towards drought assessment, ecological indicators of drought, and other topics related to ecological responses associated with climate change. The meeting took place at the Learning Center at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, and a special thanks to Amanda Brennan for organizing!

  • Agenda (.pdf)
  • Mintues (.pdf)
  • Presentations:
  1. Introduction to CISA & the NIDIS Carolinas DEWS Program - Amanda Brennan, CISA (.pdf)
  2. Ecological Indicators of Drought in Coastal Ecosystems - Casey Nolan, ECU (.pdf)
  3. Development of a Coastal Drought Index - Paul Conrad, USGS (.pdf)

August 4, 2015

Our third quarterly meeting was hosted by the New Hanover Cooperative Extension Office in Wilmington, NC. Thanks to Roger Shew for organizing!

April 14, 2015

Our second quarterly meeting focused on invasive plant species and was held at Carolina Beach State Park. Thank you Melanie Doyle for organizing!

January 21, 2015

This was our third joint meeting with the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum and the first with the NC Longleaf Coalition.  Below are the mintues, agenda, and presentations ranging on a wide variety of topics from longleaf pine site suitability modeling to transportation planning. Thanks to Dan Ryan and Hervey McIver for organizing!

  • Agenda (.pdf)
  • Minutes (.pdf)
  • Presentations:
  1. Target Shooting Impacts To Ecosystem Services and Red-Cockaded Woodpecker Forage & Cavity Trees: Information for Conservation Planning (.pdf)
  2. Role of the NC Longleaf Coalition (.pdf)
  3. Transportation Planning / Conservation…and you (.pdf)
  4. Longleaf Pine Interactive Decision Support Tool (.pdf)
  5. Implementing America’s Longleaf Pine Maintenance Class Assessments in North Carolina (.pdf)
  6. Rapid Assessment of Open Pine Ecosystems for Wildlife Habitat and Ecological Integrity (.pdf)


August 20, 2014

We met at Jones Lake State Park for a NCWRC-themed meeting.  In addition, we also learned of a new market-based conservation initiative to help understand private landowner interest in longleaf pine management. 

  • Minutes (.pdf)
  • Presentations:
  1. Market Based Conservation Initiative Conservation Credit Supply (.pdf)
  2. Law Enforcement (.pdf)
  3. Inland Fisheries (.pdf)
  4. Wildlife Management (.pdf)
  5. Gameland Management (.pdf)
  6. Gameland Timber Management (.pdf)

May 29, 2014

Our second quarter meeting focused on landscape-level conservation efforts. We had excellent presentations from Jimmy Bullock, Sr. Vice President, Forest Sustainability, RMS; Jim Durham, Fiber Supply Manger, International Paper; Brian Dangler, Director New Forest Fund, the Conservation Fund; and Louise Vaughn, NC Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

February 19, 2014

This was our second joint meeting with the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum.  We had presentations from NCSU's Dean College of Natural Resources, FOCUS (regional growth and sustainability program for the southeastern North Carolina), and Enviva - one of the largest manufacturers of processed biomass fuel.

  • Minutes (.pdf)
  • River to Sea draft hiking plans for the Mountains to Sea Trail in the coastal plain (.pdf)


November 12, 2013  

Our final meeting of 2013 convened in South Carolina for discussions about venus flytraps, the South Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative, climate change impacts on tidal systems, and more. Check out the minutes below for more information.

August 13, 2013  

Presentations and discussions on several of the Conservation Plan Priority Areas that have been identified by the CFACC with a theme of River to Sea.

May 21, 2013

Agenda includes a panel discussion titled What are Arch Communities looking for from Partner organizations? featuring community representatives. Hosted by St. James Plantation.

February 21, 2013

Joint meeting with the Onslow Bight Conservation Forum. 


  November 27, 2012 

  • Minutes (.pdf)
  • Presentations
    1. Jones Lake State Park Tour (.pdf)
    2. RCW and longleaf pine - Status and future on NC state parks (.pdf)
    3. Welcome to Bladen Lakes State Forest (.pdf)
      • Construction of lock & dam #2 (.jpg)

      August 28, 2012 

      May 15, 2012

      • Minutes
      • Committee reports
        1. Conservation Planning (.pdf)
        2. Infrastructure (.pdf
        3. Education and Outreach (.pdf)
      • Presentations
      1. Carolina Beach State Park (.pdf)
      2. Laurel Wilt - A New Disease Epidemic in the Southeast (.pdf)
      3. North Carolina Coastal Reserve - Recent Projects & Current Initiatives (.pdf)
      4. Fort Fisher State Recreation Area (.pdf
      5. Water Resources - An assessment of the Lower Cape Fear Basin (.pdf

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