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By Todd Cohen

DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham-based North Carolina chapter of The Nature Conservancy has completed a four-year fund drive that raised $25.9 million, exceeding its goal by $900,000.

Private funds raised in the drive, which the conservation group says is the largest private campaign ever for the environment in North Carolina, also helped secure more than $109 million in public funds for conservation in the state.

During the drive, with individual contributions ranging from $1 to $4.2 million, the Nature Conservancy was directly involved in preserving nearly 80,000 acres of wild land in the state.

Funds raised in the drive, which was part of a national campaign by The Nature Conservancy that raised $1.4 billion, included $2.2 million for endowment, with $2 million of that likely to be used for a special endowment for conservation in the Sandhills, says Scott Belan, director of donor relations.

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