Katherine Skinner joined the Nature Conservancy as North Carolina State director in 1986, managing eight chapter staff. Under her leadership, the program has grown to 37 people working across the state. The chapter has the support of 19,000 members. Skinner established and grew endowment funds to support TNC North Carolina, which currently total $35 million. Under Skinner’s leadership, TNC North Carolina completed three successful multi-year capital campaigns, raising over $81 million dollars to advance conservation: Wild North Carolina in 1996, Forever Wild in 2004, and the Campaign for a Sustainable Planet in 2009. She is currently leading the fourth multi-year campaign, Our World Campaign, with a goal of $50 million. Skinner has also been a champion of public conservation funding; her support was crucial to the creation of the state’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund. TNC North Carolina Chapter has protected more than 715,000 acres across the state, most of which have been transferred into public ownership for all to enjoy. The Conservancy is currently working in three North Carolina landscapes: the Southern Blue Ridge, longleaf pine stretching from the Sandhills to Jacksonville, and Northeast North Carolina. Under her leadership, the Conservancy pioneered land conservation around the state’s military bases leveraging Department of Defense funding – an approach that serves as a national model for preventing development encroachment onto military facilities. The Conservancy also embarked on a groundbreaking climate change adaptation project in northeastern North Carolina, which is doing innovative work to keep carbon in the soil and out of the atmosphere. The Conservancy has also been a leader in the use of controlled burning to restore longleaf pine and other fire-adapted North Carolina forests.The chapter owns and manages nearly 100,000 acres through the use of controlled burning, invasive species removal and other stewardship activities. The chapter also holds and monitors conservation easements on other privately owned lands and works with several state agencies to steward publicly owned tracts. Skinner received a bachelor’s degree at Salem College and a master's degree in business administration at Vanderbilt University. As a staffer for U.S. Congressman Walter Jones, she worked closely with the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee, shepherding legislation through the House of Representatives and addressing budget and appropriations issues. She has received numerous conservation awards, including the Governor’s 2006 Conservationist of the Year.
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