It started with a map. We unrolled it across the tailgate of a truck, tracing our fingers from the northern edge of Durham county, south to Chatham, east to RDU, and west to Hillsborough. The Triangle was booming, green spaces turning to parking lots, habitats to housing.
How could two conservation professionals make a difference in protecting the watersheds, farmlands, creeks, and clean air this growing population depended on for health and wellbeing? How could they unite communities around the idea that land matters?
Since 2015 LANDMATTERS has been developing a vision for the first conservation cemetery in central North Carolina. That vision is now becoming Bluestem Conservation Cemetery. Designed as a nature preserve honoring the Carolina Piedmont landscape, Bluestem will have miles of hiking trails, quiet areas for reflection, and designated areas for natural burial. Learn more about Bluestem here.
Top photo: Mapping a Project, Durham County, North Carolina Bottom photo: Conservation Property, Durham County, North Carolina