PartnershipsBuilding Partnerships that Bring Results
The staff and board of CL&L are skilled in bringing various stakeholders together in solving common problems or effect positive change through the creation of partnerships. CL&L helps interested parties articulate concerns, economic and resource impacts in our local communities.
CL&L works with numerous organizations to find mutual solutions to water, land, soil and other resource issues that impact our community. We work closely with the North Carolina Forest Service, the US Forest Service, North Carolina Department of Agriculture, NC State Extension Services, NC colleges and universities, 7 local county governments, various soil and water offices, the NC State parks and the National Park Service. Acting as a respected resource we bring data, science and perspective in an effort to resolve competing demands around resource development and use.
We are extremely proud of the partnerships we have either created or participated in. A few examples include:
Carolina Land and Lakes worked with an advisory committee to secure $3.16 million needed to open Mountain Island Educational state forest to the public. CLL worked with Gaston and Lincoln Counties, the City of Gastonia, local Soil and Water boards as well as staff from the state forest to develop plans for the education center.
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Carolina Land and Lakes is working with the Firewise USA program through National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) to educate communities in our counties about the risk of wildfire. Firewise USA is a program that educates homeowners about techniques to help reduce the risk of wildfire damage to communities. For more information visit their website
Carolina Land and Lakes has been working with interested investors in finding the right time to develop a wood pellet mill industry in western NC from waste wood. After completing a feasibility study we determined western NC could support a pellet mill with the waste wood created from logging, wood flooring businesses and from the furniture industry. Our wood pellet project demonstrates some of the uses of the pellets such as replacement fuel for poultry users, replacement fuel for greenhouse operators and many more. The end goal is a wood for school’s program where outdated and inefficient boilers can be replaced with a pellet furnace; pellet furnaces in hospitals, prisons and other large users; and the residential user. With the focus of a consistent source of pellets for these users Carolina Land and Lakes will continue to explore this business opportunity and to assist the right investors in making this happen in one or more of our communities.