Our History

NCLCV, founded as the Conservation Council of North Carolina, has been doing environmental work for more than 50 years.



Conservation Council of NC (now NCLCV) was formed by largely academic types to protect NC’s natural resources. They used citizen education, lawsuits, and advocacy as their primary tactics. They recognized early on that we needed to make the environment a part of governmental decisions.

CCNC was involved with:

  • Establishment of the Joyce Kilmer Wilderness Area
  • Opposition to dam proposals in the Upper French Broad River Basin
  • Legal interventions against Shearon Harris and Brunswick nuclear power plants
  • Support for the establishment of state parks and wilderness areas



First Land Trust

Conservation Foundation of NC, NCLCV’s sister organization, is established as a 501(c)3, and acts as the first land trust in the state, protecting 10-15 small tracts of special lands.

Bald Head Island Project

Governor Bob Scott decides to conserve, instead of develop Bald Head Island.



Jordan Dam

NC Conservation Council fought against Army Corps of Engineers to remind them of their duty of environmental protection.

Support to Conserve Neuse River

In support of a bill that would include New River in the U.S. Wild and Scenic River System, John Curry and Wade Barber of North Carolina Conservation Council canoed along the New into the Gauley River in West Virginia.

Lobbied to protect New Hope Reservoir, Joyce Kilmer Wilderness, and New River

Went to court to see that environmental regulations were observed at Bald Head Island, New Hope Reservoir, Jordan Lake

neuse river

CCNC Releases Resolution

Conservation Council of North Carolina releases a resolution in support of: Beaucatcher Mtn. Defense Fund, Clean Energy Petition, State Park on Eno River, and Mass Transportation Systems.

A strong, steady stream amongst trees



First Environmental Lobbyist, Bill Holman

Bill Holman becomes the first environmental lobbyist for Conservation Council of North Carolina (CCNC) and is rated as one of the top six lobbyists in North Carolina. He worked for CCNC, Sierra Club, and NC Wildlife Federation.

CCNC and Sierra Club Fight to Reduce Emissions

CCNC teaches Environmental Management Commission to meet tighter emission limits.



CCNC Fights Southeastern Radioactive Waste Compact

Conservation Council Lobbies the General Assembly against North Carolina’s ratification of the Southeastern Radioactive Waste Compact.

Dan Besse serves as Chairman of Coastal Resources Commission

CCNC’s Past President, Dan Besse, is appointed by Gov. Martin to serve a second term as Chairman of the Coastal Resources Commission, which sets guidelines for coastal development.



CCNC's 20th Anniversary

Gov. Jim Martin and Lt. Gov. Bob Jordan presented their views and promises on environmental issues.

CCNC Conference on Energy and Environment

Hunter Lovins, internationally renowned alternative energy expert, participated in the conference, “How energy choices affect us and how we can affect energy choices.”

CCNC supports the Coastal Resources Commission ban of “hardening” the coast with seawalls and bulkheads

Helped pass the Pollution Prevention Pays bill which was a solid waste management act goal to reduce waste by 40%.



Raleigh-Durham, Greensboro, Winston Salem Make Dirtiest Air List; CCNC Presents Air-Quality Position Paper

Within CCNC’s position paper, issues such as toxic air emissions, urban air pollution, acid rain, and pollution prevention are emphasized.

CCNC Presents An Environmental Blueprint

Priorities stated in the Conservation Council of North Carolina’s Environmental Blueprint included those affecting air quality, such as: toxic air emissions, urban air pollution, and acid rain.



CCNC released its first Legislative Scorecard

Carrie Clark Joins NCLCV

Carrie joined NCLCV as the Executive Director, after working in the environmental community since 1996.

Conservation PAC Established

NCLCV established the Conservation PAC in order to work directly to elect candidates to office who share our values–who care about clean air, safe water, and our unique landscapes…Candidates who understand that a sound environment, a strong economy, and healthy communities go hand in hand.

CCNC and environmental advocates helped pass the NC Clean Smokestacks Act

Brought our clean power plants up to current air quality standards.  This was the biggest win of a decade.



1st Annual Green Tie Awards

The1st Annual Green Tie Awards Dinner was held in 2007, honoring individuals who have made particularly great contributions to the protecting North Carolina’s environment. Former Speaker of the N.C. House Joe Hackney received the inaugural Jane Sharp Lifetime Environmental Champion Award in honor of his longtime advocacy of environmental issues in N.C. General Assembly. Speaker Hackney was, himself, a member of NCLCV during the early years of the group when it held meetings in Mrs. Sharp’s basement.

CCNC and environmental advocates passed the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

Which required that 12.5% of North Carolina’s energy must be provided through renewable energy resources or energy efficiency measures by 2021.

CCNC changed our name to NC League of Conservation Voters



Established a nonpartisan voter engagement field program to run a voter registration and nonpartisan get out the vote effort.

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