Triangle Land Conservancy (TLC), one of the largest and most respected land trusts in North Carolina, is working to ensure that the Triangle is a healthy and vibrant place to live where wild and working lands are protected and everyone has access to open space, clean water, and local food. The Triangle is one of the fastest-growing regions in the country, and TLC aims to conserve land so that present and future generations benefit from a careful balance of urban and rural landscapes that draw so many people to the area. By safeguarding clean water, protecting natural habitats, supporting local farms and food, and connecting people with nature, TLC supports the health of the area’s natural environment while also educating people about what needs to be done to ensure the region’s environment remains protected. Since 1983, TLC has protected over 20,000 acres of land, including 142 miles of streams, through purchases and conservation easements in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Working together with the community, TLC’s efforts help decrease the effects of climate change. Many habitats protected by TLC — including wetlands and forests ¬— are important carbon sinks, absorbing more carbon than they release. On its preserves and working farms, TLC and partners use regenerative agriculture methods that help capture carbon while improving the health of soils and watersheds. These benefits help improve community and environmental health throughout the region.TLC owns and manages eight public nature preserves offering over 40 miles of trail. Additionally, the private Irvin Farm Preserve is a working farm used by hundreds of children and refugee farmers each year.