Wed. Jan 19th, 2022
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The Bertie County Hive House, located in Lewiston-Woodville, will receive $74,350 in Environmental Enhancement Grant funds from the State of North Carolina. In addition, North Carolina Coastal Land Trust will receive a $50,000 for the Hoggard’s Millpond Conservation Project in Windsor.

The funds are part of $866,591 of awards granted across eastern North Carolina by the office of the North Carolina Attorney General as part of the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program.

The Environmental Enhancement Grant to the Bertie County Hive House

The Hive House funds will improve four acres of green space in the Lewiston Woodville community. Projects on deck include cleaning and land clearing, performing stormwater remediation, and planting. Once completed, the greenspace will provide educational and recreational opportunities for the rural community.

The North Carolina Attorney General said this about the monetary award:

Public green areas are vital to our community health. This grant will help create a community space people can visit and enjoy.”

Josh Stein, NC Attorney General

The Hive House began assisting underserved families in western Bertie County in 2009. They provide the community with resources, including after-school and summer school programs, nutritional education, internet access, and other essential resources.

The Grant to Help the Hoggard’s Millpond Project in Windsor

The $50,000 Environmental Enhancement grant to North Carolina Land Trust will help them procure the 348 acres Hoggard’s Millpond land tract. Then they intend to transfer it to the Town of Windsor. Eventually, the space will become a new public park for residents and visitors to enjoy.

Janice Allen, director of land protection, said this about the grant funding:

Coastal Land Trust is ever appreciative of this recently approved EEG grant for our Hoggard’s Millpond Conservation Project which represents a unique community conservation partnership to protect a site with significant wildlife, historic, water quality, and recreational resources. Our primary partner, the town of Windsor, is one step closer to having a new nature/historic park for its residents, and visitors, to enjoy.”

Janice Allen

Other Communities Awarded Grants

Besides the two Bertie County projects, these other communities also received grants:

  • City of New Bern – $134,000
  • East Carolina University – $149,241
  • Kinston (Kinston Cares/Center for Community Self-Help)- $95,000
  • Goose Creek Game Lands (Ducks Unlimited) – $75,000
  • Town of Pollocksville – $114,000
  • City of Jacksonville – $175,000

The Environmental Enhancement Grant is part of an agreement signed in 2000 between Smithfield Foods and the office of the NC Attorney General. Each year, Smithfield provides $2 million for NC-based environmental projects.

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