Mary McDaniel papers
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Mary McDaniel papers document McDaniels' environmental work, including her founding of the Catawba Lands Conservancy and her work with the Charlotte Urban Institute. Also included are personal projects and a scrapbook.
- 1983 - 2010
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During her childhood on a small farm, Mary McDaniel developed a love of nature and the outside that followed her throughout her life. Mary McDaniel began working with a group of volunteer ecologists and activists in 1991 to establish the Catawba Lands Conservancy, originally called SMILE (Save Mountain Island Lake for Everyone). The group attracted media attention as well as the attention of government officials. Mecklenburg County proposed a $5.6 million bond in 1991 that allowed the county to buy the lakefront property the group wanted protected. As the realization that there was a need for conservation work on a larger scale throughout the Catawba River Basin increased, a formal organization—with nonprofit status was formed. Catawba Land Conservancy now encompasses six counties and has preserved more than 15,000 acres. The scope has expanded from a focus on water quality to include farmland, wildlife habitat and making connections between people and nature.
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The collection documents Mary McDaniels' environmental work, including her founding of the Catawba Lands Conservancy and her work with the Charlotte Urban Institute.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Mary McDaniel, 2018
Collection inventoried by Nikki Lynn Thomas, 2019.
- Mary McDaniel papers
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