Bill Holman

North Carolina State Director


Bill HolmanBill Holman is NC State Director of The Conservation Fund. He directs The Conservation Fund’s real estate program in NC.

His current projects include supporting North Carolina’s conservation trust funds in the state legislature, protecting Waterrock Knob on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Haywood County, establishing Headwaters State Forest in Transylvania County, and working with water & electric utilities to increase protection of water supplies.

Holman directed Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions state policy program from 2007 – 2012. He served as Governor Jim Hunt’s Secretary of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources from 1999 – 2000 and as Assistant Secretary from 1998 – 1999. He worked as Executive Director of the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, a water quality financing program, from 2001 – 2006.

The Water Environment Federation presented its Outstanding Contributions to the Water Environment for Non-Members Award to Holman in 2014.   

Holman graduated magna cum laude with a BS in biology from NC State University in Raleigh in 1978. He completed hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1975.

Contact: bholman@conservationfund.org   Phone: 919-951-0119   Office: North Carolina

Featured Projects

Sustaining Urban Waters in the Southeast

Sustaining Urban Waters in the Southeast

Thanks to the generous support of the Pisces Foundation, we are pioneering a new approach to how two growing...
Black Mountains

Black Mountains

Throughout 2016, the North Carolina state park system will celebrate its centennial. The system began in 1916 with the...
Grandfather Mountain State Park

Grandfather Mountain State Park

In 2009, Grandfather Mountain State Park officially became North Carolina’s newest state park. We helped to protect 2,456 acres...

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Pisgah National Forest

Pisgah National Forest

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New River Initiative

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East Fork Headwaters

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DuPont State Recreational Forest

DuPont State Recreational Forest

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Civil War Battlefield Conservation: North Carolina

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Chimney Rock State Park

Chimney Rock State Park

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Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway

As one of the most visited units of the National Park Service (NPS), the Blue Ridge Parkway welcomes more than...