Buc-ees project cancelled!

Pressure from citizens and hard questions from our local officials have prompted the Buccee’s developers to withdraw this project, which would have built a very large (100 pump) gas station, retail store, 120 room hotel, a retail/restaurant mini mall, 7 acres of road and 8 acres of parking – all draining into Sevenmile Creek, a major tributary of the Eno River. 

“While development is important to our communities, it must be done in a way that fits with existing uses, current zoning designations, and preserves our natural assets. Efland Station’s plan didn’t fit, and we are satisfied with their decision to withdraw their application,” said Executive Director of the Eno River Association, Jessica Sheffield.

Thank you, Eno Family, for your engagement in this advocacy for our neighbors, our streams, and our community!

If you would like to join our advocacy efforts by mobilizing your community or serving on our Land Use & Advocacy Committee, please email us or call 919-620-9099. 

Thank you friends!

Thanks to your generous support, we’ve hit our 2020 year-end goals and can start 2021 strong and stable in the face of continued uncertainty.

It has been a challenging year for so many, but the Eno has seen record visitation and our Association, strong participation from neighbors like you. With the final push from our generous Eno community, we are pleased to share that individuals, foundations, and corporate partners donated a combined $2.9 million to the Eno River Association in 2020, including the historic establishment of the Roberta & Herman Brown Land Preservation Fund.

We have you, our loyal friends, to thank for ensuring we are responding to the needs of our Eno community throughout 2021 as well. Because of you, we are looking forward to a bright New Year. Together we can accomplish so much, including:

  • **Continuing to support and expand conserved land at Eno River State Park, West Point on the Eno, and all of the parks & natural areas within the Eno River basin
  • **Keep our 220-acre Confluence Natural Area open seven days per week to support visitors seeking the restorative beauty of nature along nearly three miles of Eno riverfront
  • **Grow our acclaimed education programs to provide support to students and teachers for whom hands-on, experiential learning outdoors brings health and wellness benefits in addition growth in STEM skills and environmental literacy
  • **Develop a new strategic plan to keep our focus sharp, assure that the protection and education projects we undertake are the right ones, and ensure that our organization welcomes all people who live and play in our diverse region
  • Respond quickly when key properties become available for conservation and preservation

Thank you for being a part of our Eno family, and for your support in 2020. We look forward to another year of protecting the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Eno River basin — together!

You can still make a gift to support these key goals for our Durham and Orange County communities.

Dave Cook Receives Governor’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Dave G. Cook, retiring Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Eno River Association has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The award was presented to Mr. Cook on December 6 by North Carolina State Senator Mike Woodard during the Association’s Annual Meeting, held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 1963, North Carolina’s governors have reserved their highest honor, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine award, for persons who have made significant contributions to the state and their communities through their exemplary service and exceptional accomplishments.

Mr. Cook is a seasoned North Carolina State Park Ranger, Superintendent, and District Superintendent. He has served at the Eno River Association since 2016, and intends to continue volunteering after his retirement in January.

“Dave’s comfort in, knowledge of, and passion for the outdoors is contagious. He has been the perfect person to lead Eno River Association’s Education and Outreach efforts these past few years, following his long service with Boy Scouts of America and North Carolina State Parks. His leadership experience, community engagement, and volunteerism make him the ideal candidate for the Order of the Long Leaf Pine,” noted Jessica Sheffield, Executive Director of the Eno River Association.

The Order of Long Leaf Pine is the highest award for state service granted by the Office of the Governor. More information can be found on its website: https://longleafpinesociety.org/order-of-the-long-leaf-pine/  Messages of appreciation for Dave’s service are being collected at association@enoriver.org.

Shop Hyper-local Online!

Just in time for the holidays, our Online Eno Store gives you the opportunity to shop local, online!

Shop Eno Store favorites including:
*Festival for the Eno posters, screen prints, and art
*Eno Hats & T-shirts
*Eno Bandanas — new colors released!
*The 2021 Eno Calendar, our 50th anniversary edition!

Plus, brand new merchandise just in time for the holidays!
*Long-sleeved tees
*Dog leashes
*Eno Logo Tote Bags — great for gift wrapping items for that Eno-lover on your list!

More items on the way! Special surprises! Inventory reduction deals! Limited edition releases from our archive! You don’t want to miss it.

Eno River Association Members receive a 10% discount through Sunday, December 6. If you haven’t already received your member discount code for 10% off, or have questions about your membership, please email development@enoriver.org.

You’re Invited: 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting

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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Eno River Association joins in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. We have recently updated our Land Acknowledgment Statement as further commitment to practicing inclusion daily.

Photo by Mike Salemi

The Eno River Association respectfully acknowledges that the land that we are on today is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi, the Tutelo, the Shakori, the Cheraw, and the Eno. They descended from an ancient tribe called the Yesah and spoke dialects of the Siouan language. The Eno River Valley was their home as it was for Woodland Natives for thousands of years before the arrival of people from other continents. We recognize Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of this land.

The mission of the Eno River Association includes the protection of the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Eno River Basin. That protection is mostly necessary due to colonial practices and an economic system of land use and ownership that has often degraded our environment and dispossessed many peoples of color in the Eno River Valley.

This acknowledgement is part of the education and practice of inclusion we seek to demonstrate to our community to recognize and respect the history of this land and this river, and all peoples and beings on the Eno through time.