Eddie's entire adult life was dedicated to wildlife conservation work. He was appointed to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in 1977, where he served two, six-year terms. During that time he proposed and helped develop the North Carolina Lifetime Hunting and Fishing Licenses and the North Carolina Wildlife Endowment Fund (which was also named the Eddie Bridges Fund by the North Carolina General Assembly). He also proposed the North Carolina Waterfowl Stamp and the North Carolina Tax Check Off program. When Eddie completed his two terms on the NCWRC in 1989, he created the North Carolina Wildlife Habitat Foundation, which is modeled after the endowment fund and generates money to help improve wildlife habitat all across North Carolina. He received more that 40 wildlife conservation awards, including the Budweiser Conservationist of the year in 2004, the Field & Stream Conservationist of the year in 2012, the Governor's Award from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in 1993 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Guilford County Sports Hall of Fame in 2011. He was also awarded by NCWRC, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest honor, in 2013. He was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2019, as the first Hunting, Angler, and Conservation Sportsman.
The NCWHF maintains a database with the total number of Conservation Easements and the associated acres. The NCWHF currently monitors over 60 Conservation Easements consisting of over 3000 acres across the state.
The NCWHF maintains endowments in combined funds that are funded upfront in a lump sum. Specifically, the NCWHF maintains three separate accounts related to Conservation Easements. The NCWHF may also use Conservation Easement funds for projects.
As a Conservation Easement steward, the NCWHF is responsible for ensuring the specific terms of all Conservation Easements are fully honored. The NCWHF conducts annual site visits to all Conservation Easements to ensure compliance with all legal requirements and restrictions specific to each property.
The NCWHF reviews the site at intake. Once the site is approved, Restoration Systems (RS) or Resource Environmental Solutions (RES) may be contracted to develop the site. RS or RES are responsible for the site for the first seven years. The NCWHF assumes responsibility for the site starting on the eighth year. The site inspector follows a Standard Operating Procedure and the NCWHF maintains all reports in a dropbox database.
The NCWHF reviews the contractual obligations on new Conservation Easements. The NCWHF monitors and reports on encroachments pertaining to all Conservation Easements. The NCWHF will contact the land owner in the event of a Conservation Easement violation. The NCWHF will notify the landowner to correct any identified encroachments. Most cases are addressed and resolved following a notification, as landowners generally do not want to violate the Conservation Easement contract.