Land trust receives donation to help protect military

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Duke Energy donated $50,000 to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust for its Military Encroachment Project. Pictured, from left, are Havelock Mayor Will Lewis, Camilla M. Herlevich, land trust executive director, Millie Chalk, Duke Energy district manager, George Liner, land trust board member, and city commissioner Brenda Wilson.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 07:23 PM.

Near the banks of Slocum Creek, where the sound of Cherry Point jets can be heard, the Duke Energy Foundation gave away money in an effort to protect both.

The foundation made a $50,000 grant to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust for its Military Encroachment Project.

Millie Chalk, district manager for government and community relations at Duke Energy, delivered a $50,000 check to the land trust at a brief ceremony Friday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center in Havelock.

The money has been targeted for the Military Encroachment Project, which is designed to help the land trust acquire coastal properties for conservation as well as to prevent high-density development that could encroach on military bases and training areas.

“We’re just proud to partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, and this Military Encroachment Project really is key to our continued economic viability and the military is very important to us,” said Chalk.

In 10 years, the land trust has protected 16 properties totaling 7,500 acres of forest, wetlands, wildlife habitat, shorelines and farms around Cherry Point.

“We actually had someone come up to us at a public forum and say ‘You’re the guys that saved Cherry Point’ and we couldn’t do the kinds of conservation projects we do that protect the buffers around Cherry Point and the flight paths without the support of Duke Energy Foundation,” said Camilla Herlevich, executive director of the land trust. “They pay for the boots on the ground. We get the money to buy land from the state and federal government, but Duke Energy pays for the boots on the ground.”

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