- About TRLC
- Protected Lands
Derek Halberg joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy in August 2004 as its Director of Land Protection overseeing conservation planning activities, acquisition of easements and fee-owned tracts, and stewardship of protected lands. Derek has served as TRLC’s Executive Director since March 2007. He works closely with the TRLC Board, staff, volunteers, and partners to implement the day-to-day mission of the organization. One of Derek’s favorite parts of his job is thanking a landowner with a handshake after a conservation easement closing. He takes great pride knowing that the lands that TRLC protects today will be enjoyed for many generations to come. Derek received his Bachelor of Science in Forestry from North Carolina State University and a Master of Forestry from Yale University. Prior to joining TRLC, he managed the natural resources program at the National Guard Bureau in Arlington, Virginia, supporting Army National Guard installations across the country. Derek grew up in Charlotte and currently resides in Wake Forest with his wife Christy and their two children.
Amy Edge joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy as Business Manager and General Counsel in October 2005. Prior to joining TRLC, she practiced law in Oxford, North Carolina for ten years. She is a graduate of Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law. She also earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Management through Duke University Continuing Education. She is a champion of the Carolina madtom, a small, rare catfish found in the Tar River Basin.
David Thomas joined the staff of Tar River Land Conservancy in May 2014 as a Land Stewardship Intern. He returned in December 2015 as a Land Stewardship Specialist. His chief responsibility is to conduct the annual monitoring of conservation easements and to file reports based on his findings. David is a 2015 graduate of North Carolina State University’s College of Natural Resources in a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Ecosystem Assessment. David raises livestock and grows hay on his family’s farm near Centerville in eastern Franklin County. He is an active member of the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association.