A Collaborative Voice for Nature

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. 

Conservation 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.

Executive Committee

                                                                                 The Arch’s Executive Committee (“committee”) represents the                                                                                               signatories of the Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaboration’s                                                                                             Memorandum of Understanding. The committee administers the workings of the collaborative and the protocols that were developed and agreed upon in May 2008. The committee, in conjunction with relevant working groups, directs the development and implementation of the Arch’s community conservation vision.

Expectations of committee members:

  1. Represent Arch MOU signatories in setting the general direction of the collaborative.

  2. Conduct administrative duties.

  3. Contribute to the development and implementation of the committee’s annual work plan.

  4. Develop committee agenda items in coordination with committee chair.

  5. Add to discussion and decisions on issues before the committee.

  6. Participate in quarterly conference calls and attend quarterly meetings.

Download the full committee charter [.pdf].