Cape Fear Arch

A Collaborative Voice for Nature

The Cape Fear Arch is a special geologic feature stretching from Cape Lookout, NC to Cape Romain, SC that contains nationally significant animal and plant communities.

Created in 2006, the Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration is a partnership of organizations and individuals interested in protecting this region while balancing the needs of man and nature.

Its mission is to develop and implement a community conservation vision to build awareness, protection and stewardship of the region’s important natural resources.

About the Arch


Biodiversity hotspots (click image to enlarge)

The Cape Fear Arch (CFA) is a region of unusual geology located between Cape Lookout in North Carolina and Cape Romain in South Carolina, extending inland beyond Fayetteville to the Sandhills Region of the Carolinas.  

The Cape Fear Arch is slightly higher in elevation than areas near the coast to the north and south, thus keeping it above sea level for a longer period of time, even as a peninsula when the rest of the coastal plain was submerged.  

These factors have helped produce an array of wet and dry habitats.  The sand and limestone deposits found on the Cape Fear Arch gave rise to unique natural communities and a diversity of plants and animals. Many of these species are endemic to the region, meaning they are found nowhere else in the world. As a result, the Arch is recognized as having the greatest biological diversity along the Atlantic Coast north of Florida. 

- The mission of the CFACC is to develop and implement a community conservation vision to build awareness, protection and stewardship of the region’s important natural resources -
 

What is the Collaboration?

 

The Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration (CFACC) is a nonprofit partnership of organizations and individuals created in 2006 for the purpose of enhancing cooperation and communication regarding regional conservation issues within the CFA landscape.

The participating organizations represent a broad spectrum of land managers and land conservation advocates with differing missions.  All are dedicated to sustainable natural resource management, providing for human needs while retaining the natural heritage of the region. 

 

Towards this end, the participating organizations are committed to foresee potential conservation opportunities and resource issues and, within their authority and consonant with their missions, work to maintain and protect ecologically viable and significant areas. 

 

Click HERE to see a list of our partners.

Heron (Photo by D. Suiter)

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