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.


The Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration is truly a collaborative effort. To date, we have a total of 28 signatories with our Memorandum of Understanding. This collaboration represents a wide range of interests and backgrounds that supports each other to form a single mission: building awareness of and protecting the Cape Fear Arch.

  • Audubon North Carolina
  • Bald Head Island Conservancy
  • Brunswick Co. Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Cape Fear Economic Development Council
  • Cape Fear Museum of History and Science
  • Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development
  • Cape Fear River Watch
  • City of Southport
  • City of Wilmington
  • Columbus Co. Soil & Water Conservation District
  • Conservation Trust for NC
  • Moore's Creek National Battlefield
  • New Hanover County Board of Commissioners
  • New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District
  • NC Coastal Federation
  • NC Coastal Land Trust
  • NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources
  • NC Wildlife Resources Commission
  • Resource Management Services, LLC
  • Southeastern Community College
  • Southern Environmental Law Center
  • SC Coastal Conservation League
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Town of Kure Beach
  • Town of Leland
  • USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Winyah Rivers Foundation

Audubon North Carolina

Since 1902, Audubon has been a leader in the conservation of North Carolina’s birds. The mission of the National Audubon Society’s North Carolina State Office is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and North Carolina’s biological diversity.

Audubon’s Important Bird Areas program has, using the best science, determined almost 100 of the most vital natural heritage sites in North Carolina. To protect these areas and safeguard these natural wonders for future generations, Audubon’s approach includes collaborating with local, state, and federal agencies, land trusts, other conservation organizations, industries and communities most connected to these locations.


Bald Head Island Conservancy

 The Bald Head Island Conservancy is a nonprofit organization founded in 1983 to protect, preserve and promote the natural environment of the Smith Island complex. This unique area includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern North Carolina.

In its role as the islands' environmental advocate, the Bald Head Island Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research of benefit to this barrier island environment, and it provides diverse activities to enrich and enlighten the islands' many visitors and residents.


Brunswick County Soil & Water Conservation District

The Brunswick County Soil & Water Conservation District is an organized and self-governed body chartered by the state. The District is dedicated to the promomtion and management of natural resources by utilizing county, state, and federal programs in leadership, technical assistance, and education. It encourages, assists, and promotes multiuse management for landowners in order to obtain increased and improved land and water quality. The District works with the community through stewardship and the preservation of open space.


Cape Fear Economic Development Council

The Cape Fear Economic Development Council (CFEDC) represents a vision for the future economic development of the Cape Fear region that is actionable, sustainable, and that builds on existing strengths of the region. “Quality of place” is the lynchpin of the region’s future. A competitive educational system, thriving arts and culture, and natural beauty are guarantees of that quality.


Cape Fear Museum of History and Science

Cape Fear Museum of History and Science collects, preserves, and interprets the history, science, and cultures of the Lower Cape Fear Region. Founded in 1898, it is the oldest history museum in North Carolina. The Museum presents a detailed chronology of the history of our region, the 20-foot-tall skeleton of Wilmington's Giant Ground Sloth, the hands-on Michael Jordan Discovery Gallery, and several changing exhibit galleries. Cape Fear Museum presents a host of history and science programming for children, families, adults, and school groups throughout the year. The Museum is a New Hanover County department and receives funding through the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative. It is the only museum in southeastern North Carolina accredited by the American Association of Museums and is also a member of the Association of Science and Technology Centers.


Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development

The purpose of the Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) program is to accelerate the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources, improve the general level of economic activity, and to enhance the environment and standard of living in designated RC&D areas. It improves the capability of State, tribal and local units of government and local nonprofit organizations in rural areas to plan, develop, and carry out programs for resource conservation and development.

Current program objectives focus on improvement of quality of life achieved through natural resources conservation and community development which leads to sustainable communities, prudent use (development), and the management and conservation of natural resources.


Cape Fear River Watch

Founded in 1993, Cape Fear River Watch is a nonprofit dedicated to the improvement and preservation of the health, beauty, cleanliness and heritage of the Cape Fear River Basin.


City of Southport

Southport is located on the coast in Southeastern North Carolina, where the Cape Fear River meets the Atlantic Ocean. We're known for our stunning setting on the banks of the Cape Fear River, our history (chartered as Smithville back in 1792), the maritime heritage of our forebears, and the salubrious breezes which cast a calm and welcoming ambience over the residents and those who chose to visit our little slice of heaven.


City of Wilmington

The City of Wilmington is committed to working cooperatively to identify opportunities to conserve high priority habitat resources in the region. The Wilmington Future Land Use Plan and the Wilmington-New Hanover County Coastal Area Management (CAMA) Plan support development of partnerships and identifying opportunities for the preservation of natural areas.


Columbus County Soil & Water Conservation District

45B Government Complex Rd., Whiteville, NC  28472 / (910) 642-2196

The mission of the Columbus County Soil and Water Conservation District is to provide technical and financial assistance to all land users of Columbus County to implement the wise use of our natural resources and protection of streams for future generations.


Moore's Creek National Battlefield

National parks contain many of our nation's most treasured landscapes. Located in a rural area, Moores Creek National Battlefield retains a serene and contemplative setting. The park receives a wide variety of visitors - individuals, families and school groups - yet it remains quiet and reflective in nature. Throughout the battlefield, remnants remain of the 1776 road traveled by patriot and loyalist forces. A 0.7-mile trail with wayside exhibits leads through the battlefield and across Moores Creek, and the historic bridge site is located along the trail.

The park offers a visitor center with exhibits, lighted troop movement maps and film; a 0.3 mile colonial forest trail, and a picnic area. All activities are free.

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Conservation Trust for NC

The Conservation Trust for North Carolina is a nonprofit statewide conservation organization. Its mission is to protect our state’s land and water through statewide conservation and cooperative work with land trusts to preserve our natural resources as a legacy for future generations. The Conservation Trust works directly with landowners, local land trusts, and government agencies to protect land and water resources most important to local communities throughout the state.


New Hanover County Board of Commissioners

The Board of Commissioners serves as the governing body of New Hanover County. The Board is charged with making policy for the administration of county government within the framework of the laws of the State of North Carolina.


New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District

The New Hanover Soil and Water Conservation District is a nonprofit subdivision of the State of North Carolina and represents the local component of a unique conservation partnership engaging in land conservation, storm water management, technical support and education and outreach.


NC Coastal Federation

Since 1982, the North Carolina Coastal Federation has worked with citizens to safeguard the state’s coastal rivers, creeks, sounds and beaches. Today they are the largest and most effective nonprofit coastal conservation group in the state.

They take an active role in the wise management of coastal resources by advocating for the coastal environment; encouraging enforcement of environmental laws; educating citizens, students and community leaders; and preserving and restoring habitat and water quality.


NC Coastal Land Trust

The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust enriches the coastal communities of our state through the acquisition of open space and natural areas, conservation education and the promotion of good land stewardship.

The Trust is active throughout the Coastal Plains of North Carolina, including its beaches, river corridors, farms, forests and marshes, sand hills and savannas, public parks and greenways. They aspire to bring together citizens and landowners, natives and newcomers, to set aside lands for conservation.


NC Department of Environment & Natural Resources

The mission statement of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources is, “ Together with innovation, teamwork and partnerships, making progress toward a cleaner environment, healthier lives, a stronger economy, more effective conservation of our land and water, and greater understanding and respect for the resources of nature."


NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Since its inception in 1947, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) has been dedicated to the wise use, conservation, and management of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The NCWRC policies and programs are based on scientifically sound resource management, assessment and monitoring, applied research, and public input. The WRC consists of wildlife and fisheries biologists, wildlife enforcement officers, educators, engineers and administrative staff in nine districts across the state.


Resource Management Services, LLC

Since the 1950's the Resource Management Service (RMS), LLC has been buying, selling and managing timberlands for their investors and landowners. RMS manages approximately 2.7 million acres of land in the southern United States. Their management philosophy is one of sustainable management of all forest values to achieve environmental, social and economic objectives in a responsible manner. In the past few years, RMS has purchased large tracts of International Paper's land and is currently one of the largest forestland investment managers in the world.


Southeastern Community College

Founded in 1964, Southeastern Community College (SCC) is a public, comprehensive community college providing accessible educational, cultural, and social opportunities for area adults.

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Southern Environmental Law Center

For the past 20 years, the Southern Environmental Law Center has used the full power of the law to conserve clean water, healthy air, wild lands and livable communities throughout the southeast


SC Coastal Conservation League

Since 1989, the South Carolina Coastal Conservation League has been working with communities,   businesses, other conservation and citizen groups, and people like you, to protect what we love about the South Carolina coast.


The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy's (TNC) mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive. TNC works closely with partners, corporations, and communities, using a non-confrontational, collaborative approach and science-based planning to achieve tangible results all over the world.


Town of Kure Beach

The Town of Kure Beach was incorporated in 1947 and for the past 60 years has been a proud steward of our small part of the coast. We have worked diligently to protect our rather fragile coastal environment. It is our goal to continue this effort in the future, to share our experiences and to learn from others.


Town of Leland

Our Mission: We are dedicated to provide effective and fiscally responsible municipal services in a manner that promotes high quality of life with a neighborly feel.

Our Vision: A flourishing community for families to live, work and play.


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

Since 1935, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has provided leadership in a partnership effort to help America’s private land owners and managers conserve their soil, water, and other natural resources.

NRCS employees provide technical assistance based on sound science and suited to a customer's specific needs. NRCS also provides financial assistance for many conservation activities. Through the Conservation Technical Assistance (CTA) program land-users, communities, units of state and local government can receive voluntary conservation technical assistance for planning and implementing conservation systems.


US Fish & Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) mission is working with others, to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service helps protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and the nation’s living treasures. The Service's major responsibilities are for migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish.


Winyah Rivers Foundation

The mission of the Winyah Rivers Foundation is to protect, preserve, monitor, and revitalize the health of the lands and waters of the greater Winyah Bay watershed, focusing on local activism through the Waccamaw Riverkeeper program.

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