Message from the President: Thank you for a great year!

2017 was a good year for CarWA. We had a successful Wetland Treasures campaign with the tours to all the sitesl.  We also had a tour of a restored wetland and that tour had a waiting list!
We had a Board retreat to assess where the organization is and where it needs to go. It was well attended; and we had several workgroups formed to implement the results of the retreat. The next several board meetings will also work on the results of the retreat.

CarWA was a significant player in the wood pellets forum that was presented in Wilmington in September. Over 100 people attended the forum and got a different perspective on the wood
pellets issue. We also gave several presentations at the NC Museum of Natural Science on wetlands and again participated in Reptile and Amphibian day. We were participants in the Mud Day at the Walnut Creek Wetland Park. And speaking of the Walnut Creek Wetland Park, we had two participants from CarWA as part of a citizens planning committee for the design of the “Park” at the Walnut Creek Wetland Park and wrote part of the master plan! Other events were attended to promote wetlands and the work of CarWA such as Arbor Day in Cary and Think Blue in Durham.

CarWA is also on the steering committee of the Wetland Forest Initiative with 20+ other conservation organizations that will cover 14 southeastern states. This initiative is gaining momentum and is working on its strategy plan, with is a major work item for CarWA in 2018! We also have four new Board members: Geoff Gisler, George Howard, George Matthis, and Clitt DeWhitt. Be sure to welcome them as they take on the challenges facing CarWA.

For 2018, we have another set of Wetland Treasure to announce. The tours to these sites will involve a huge effort from a lot of people and our Program Committee will be leading our Treasure
work. We plan to have at least a couple additional wetland tours this year so stay tuned. Also for 2018, we will continue a youth movement that was started in 2017 with a 14-year-old from
Enloe High School. This will involve partnering with the NC Wildlife Federation and the Walnut Creek Wetland Park. And there will be many other events we will need to attend and continue to spread the word about the value of wetlands and the work of CarWA. The results of the Board retreat will continue to be a major focus in the next year.

While there are many other work items and events for the coming year, one of the most frequent comments about the organization is the need for a staff and sustainable funding! Which our Giving  Campaign is a crucial step in that direction. If you have not contributed to CarWA during this campaign, please do so! We really need everyone to participate in this effort and provide financial support for CarWA’s work! A $25 donation will get you a magnetic bumper sticker with the CarWA logo!

Finally, I want to thank all of our volunteers who have given time beyond their normal duties to make CarWA successful. You are all wonderful and thank you for your efforts to keep CarWA working. And to all our supporters, have a wonderful and safe Holiday and enjoy your time with family and Friends.

Rick Savage, CarWA President