By Todd Cohen
RALEIGH, N.C. — The Triangle Land Conservancy has completed its annual fundraising drive, and a long-time volunteer for the organization has received a statewide honor.
The group raised more than $207,000 in the fiscal year ended June 30 in its campaign to raise money from members and recruit new members, beating its goal by $40,000.
During the year, membership grew 7.5 percent to 1,881 from 1,750.
Fifty-three members contributed $1,000 or more. Those members were honored recently at the Durham home of Bob and Nan Keohane. Bob Keohane, a professor of political science at Duke University, is vice president and development committee chair for the conservancy. Nan Keohane is Duke’s president.
Raleigh lawyer Lucia Peel was chair of the annual fund drive.
The conservancy has protected 2,171 acres on 34 properties.
Also, Audrey Booth, a long-time volunteer and board member for the Triangle Land Conservancy, received the 2000 Stanback Conservationist of the Year award from the North Carolina Land Trust Council and the Conservation Trust for North Carolina.
The Chapel Hill native chaired the 1998-99 campaign that raised $3.35 million to buy 320 acres along New Hope Creek in Orange and Durham counties.
Last year, the conservancy named a stream in honor of Booth, a retired associate dean at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.