Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc.

aka Eno River Association   |   Durham, NC   |  www.enoriver.org

Mission

The Eno River Association is an accredited 501(c)3 non-profit land trust that protects the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin in northern Durham and Orange counties. We have been instrumental in creating five public parks: Eno River State Park, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, West Point on the Eno Durham City Park, Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, and the Little River Regional Park. We continue to acquire land and secure easements for recreation and to protect water quality, wildlife, farms, and forests.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Jessica Sheffield

Main address

4404 Guess Rd

Durham, NC 27712 USA

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EIN

56-1134204

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the growing Triangle Area of North Carolina the Association is actively engaged in assuring that there is an adequate supply of clean drinking water for people, providing natural recreation areas, protecting habitat for native animals and plants, and preserving local farms which provide local food. We concentrate on direct protection of land and streams through fee simple purchase and conservation easement protection, and by engaging children and adults with their local environment in education programs and activities that get them outdoors, hands-on and feet-wet.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Protection & Stewardship

The primary goal of the Eno River Association is to conserve lands along the Eno River and its tributaries throughout the Eno watershed. We concentrate our efforts in the following areas:

 : Our major land acquisition focus honors the Association's historic mission of acquiring land to complete the Eno River State Park. The Association has also worked to protect lands outside of the park - upstream from Hillsborough and downstream from Roxboro Road. To date, almost 4,000 acres have been protected in Orange and Durham counties.

 : The Association also helps landowners protect their property without selling it. These legal agreements establish permanent restrictions on certain uses and the development of land while keeping it in private hands. Each conservation easement is unique and tailored to meet the needs and wishes of the individual landowner. Easements can be purchased or donated. 

 : In addition, the Association advises landowners who would like to protect their land but do not want to sell it, donate it, or place permanent restrictions on it. We can direct landowners to governmental programs that provide technical and financial assistance for conservation management.

 :  The Association owns a number of tracts of land on the Eno and its tributaries. These nature preserves are managed to protect and enhance their significant conservation elements.  Each property has a uniquely designed Management Plan and is monitored regularly. Volunteers work with Association staff to remove invasive plants, construct trails and assist in efforts to restore habitats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Our Environmental Education programs bring people of all ages to the river to learn about the nature, culture and history of the area, with a focus on teaching children about the connectivity between their lives and the Eno, as well as the rest of the natural world. Our biggest outreach program is the annual Festival for the Eno, a two-day event featuring artists, non-profit environmental groups and hands-on fun at the river. We also have a weekly winter hike and spring wildflower hike series each year, and three weeks of day camp programs, Field Station and iWalk the Eno, in collaboration with Orange County Schools, the Burroughs Wellcome Student Science Enrichment Program and Duke Energy.
The Association advocates for parks, open space preservation, wildlife protection, and community planning that incorporates efficient and environmentally sound land use, water use, and transportation systems. Specifically, the Association supports land and wildlife conservation efforts, as well as issues related to the protection of water quality.  The goal of these activities is to increase public appreciation for the environment and awareness of environmental threats.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Land Trust Alliance 2018

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to continue to conserve and protect the natural, cultural and historic resources of the Eno River basin.

We work to achieve our goals through our active land protection and stewardship programs, which conserve land, streams, farms, and forests within the watershed, our education programs, which bring hundreds of people out to the river annually and helps them to learn more about the natural resources in their backyards, and our Festival for the Eno, which includes cultural performances and craft demonstrations and brings tens of thousands of people to the banks of the river each year.

The Eno River Association is a nationally accredited land trust. It has a full- and part-time staff of seven highly-trained professionals, and a volunteer base of hundreds of community members, all of whom work diligently to meet our goals. We also enjoy the support of local organizations and businesses who work with us to make these goals a reality.

The Eno River Association has protected over 7,000 acres (and counting!) of land within the Eno River basin, much of it in 5 public parks: Eno River State Park, Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area, West Point on the Eno City Park, Penny's Bend Nature Preserve and Little River Regional Park. Our Festival for the Eno is in its 40th year, and we celebrated our 50th anniversary in 2016. We have engaged and educated thousands of members of our community.
We work to protect and preserve acres along the river. There are over 2,000 acres left to acquire to complete the Eno River State Park master plan, and thousands more in river basin.
Based in the fast growing Triangle area of a fast growing state, our education efforts are ongoing as new people move into the area. We want to make sure people know about the amazing experiences available because of the Eno and continue to mentor future generations of conservationists through our environmental education programs.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Association for the Preservation of the Eno River Valley, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Don Moffitt

Sara Childs

Duke University

Carson Harkrader

Carolina Solar Energy

Helen Kalevas

Retired

Joe Liles

NC School of Science & Math, Retired

Holly Reid

EPA, Retired

Peter Schubert

EPA, Retired

David Singleton

Duke University

Carol Charping

Sarah Woodard

Joyce Williams

Richard Carroll

Peter Raabe

Christy Gudaitis

Duke University

Don Moffitt

Columinate

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/22/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2020

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.