Your Planning Journey As a landowner or citizen, you’ve seen North Carolina’s rapid population growth and the change in rural landscape.  Private working lands* (farms and forests are natural engines that drive the economy while providing clean air and water, wildlife habitat, groundwater recharge  and recreational areas.  Yet, our working lands are at risk from the threats and pressures of unplanned development. As you explore your options you’ll find that every landowner can benefit from land conservation planning in the short and longer-term.  A plan is essential. Below are a list of helpful agencies and organizations that can help guide you on your planning journey.



Appraiser USA

A directory website that allows you to search for appraisers by state and zip code.


The Conservation Fund

410 Market Street, Suite 360

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 967-2223

Mission is to save land for future generations. Seek to balance environmental and economic goals for a win-win.


Conservation Trust for North Carolina

1028 Washington St.

Raleigh, NC 27605

(919) 828-4199

Works with local land trusts, landowners, communities, and government agencies to protect North Carolina’s streams, forests, farms, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, parks and trails.

For woodland owners.  Information on resources.  List of cost-share programs available under USDA Farm Bill.   Information on how to apply for financial assistance.


Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) 

Service Center Locator:

Program Information:

Provides farmers and ranchers financial and technical assistance to implement conservation methods.


North Carolina Appraisal Board

5830 Six Forks Road

Raleigh, NC 27609

Ph: 919-870-4854


Provides information on finding a qualified appraiser as well as a Search feature which allows you verify appraiser licensure.


North Carolina Board of Registration for Foresters

P.O. Box 27393

(919) 847-5441

Provides an alphabetical list of registered foresters in North Carolina (under Registered Foresters tab).


North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service

Campus Box 7602

Raleigh, NC 27695-7602

(919) 515-2813

Provides the public meetings, workshops, personal consultations and other educational opportunities on topics related to sustainable agriculture, forestry and protecting the environment.


North Carolina Soil and Water Conservation Districts

Deliver state and federal Farm Bill conservation programs involving water quality practices, farmland protection, wetlands restoration and wildlife habitat enhancement.


North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accountant Examiners

Customer Service Representative, Vanessa Willett

(919) 733-4200

Provides information helpful in selecting a CPA.


North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Trust Fund 

2 West Edenton St.

Raleigh, NC 27601


Provides services that promote and improve agriculture, agribusiness and forest; protect consumers and businesses; and conserve farmland and natural resources.


North Carolina East Alliance

1020 Red Banks Road, Suite 202

Greenville, NC 27858

Works with state, local and national economic development organizations to help existing industry expand through marketing and recruitment, building economic capacity, and location assistance.


North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources

1601 Mail Service Center

Raleigh, NC 27699-1601

(919) 707-9123

Promotes collaborative stewardship among North Carolina’s citizens, government regulators and the business community in order to maintain and enhance the environment and natural resources.


North Carolina Farm Bureau

5301 Glenwood Ave

Raleigh, NC 27612

Ph: (919) 782-1705 private, nonprofit, grassroots organization that promotes farm and rural issues through governmental relations, marketing, field representation, agricultural education, member services and more.


North Carolina State Bar

Provides a list of practicing lawyers as well as information helpful in choosing a lawyer.


North Carolina Forest Service

Central Office: 1616 Mail Service Center


State agency that promotes the protection, management and development of NC’s forest resources. Offices are located in every county.


North Carolina Forestry Association

1600 Glenwood Avenue,

Raleigh, NC 27608

Ph: (919) 834-3943

Is a private, nonprofit organization which promotes healthy, productive forests by supporting the efforts of landowners and forest related businesses and organizations who responsibly manage and use their forests. 


North Carolina Foundation for Soil & Water Conservation, Inc.

5171 Glenwood Avenue

Suite 330

Raleigh, NC 27612

A public non-profit organization which promotes wise use and treatment of land, water, and related resources.


The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Field Office

334 Blackwell Street, Suite 300

Durham, NC 27701

(919) 403-403-8558

A conservation organization which works to protect ecologically important lands and waters.


USDA Service Center Locator

Use interactive map to find your county USDA office. Information how to apply for cost-share programs under the Farm Bill