land protection

The Eno River Association’s land protection program is at the heart of our mission. Since 1966, the Association has worked actively to conserve the lands and waters along the Eno River and its tributaries. We protect water quality, wildlife habitat, and ecological diversity, while also working to provide recreational opportunities and scenic open spaces that connect people to the natural environment of the Eno River basin.

Land protection is accomplished through voluntary means by working in partnership with landowners to permanently protect important natural areas. Protection can occur in a variety of ways, including ownership acquisition for parklands and nature preserves, as well as the use of conservation agreements or easements which leave the land in private hands while safeguarding its important natural resources.  Contributions to the Margaret C. Nygard Land Acquistion Fund and the Allen Lloyd Fund for the Protection of the Upper Eno support the purchase of conservation lands and easements.

What Types of Properties are Appropriate for Land Conservation?

The Association is interested in protecting a wide range of properties, whether it’s a 100+ acre farm or a 1-acre tract along the Eno River. If your property is within the Eno River Basin and has river or stream frontage, woodlands, fields, or cultural or historical resources, we would be more than happy to speak with you.

How does the Eno River Association help landowners to protect their land?

Land Sales and Donations

Conservation Easements

Other Conservation Options

Conservation Partnerships


For more information, on these or other land protection ideas, please contact Stephanie Panlasigui at (919) 620-9099 ext. 206, or email