The Outdoor Heritage Advisory Council (OHAC) is working to enable the next generation of passionate participants in North Carolina’s outdoor heritage activities.

The OHAC provides leadership, guidance, and funding to partner organizations and programs throughout the state who are providing kids and teens with opportunities to encounter and experience the outdoors. We hope to help kids step away from the devices and discover those activities in the Carolina wilderness that have been enjoyed for generations, but are now seeing a decline in interest. That includes outdoor heritage activities like hiking, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, archery, canoeing, birding, and more.

The OHAC’s long-term vision is to preserve the health, heritage, and environment of our great state by inspiring a new generation of outdoor adventurers. We think the best way to do that is by igniting a passion for the outdoors through the language that all kids speak fluently: fun.

The OHAC is currently looking for funding and execution partners that will help provide exposure and access for all types of North Carolina kids, especially those who would otherwise not have the ability to participate in outdoor heritage activities.

Mission:

To provide statewide leadership, guidance, and funding to measurably expand opportunities by inspiring and enabling the next generation of passionate participants in North Carolina's outdoor heritage activities. 

Vision:

North Carolina’s great outdoor heritage is passed along to future generations with opportunities to enjoy activities that are accessible, abundant, and conveniently located for all.

Guiding Principles:

  • Inclusive

  • Transparent, Accountable and Efficient

  • Sustain opportunity for future generations

  • Move with a sense of purpose and urgency

  • Recognize effective work of others to avoid duplication

  • Recognize multiple and compatible uses of resources, including public lands

  • Partner with organizations to achieve our vision

  • Merge the legacy of the past with the possibilities of the future