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Natural Resources

The natural resources of the GroWNC region have been a draw for Native Americans, early settlers, industrialists, tourists, and residents alike. Imposing mountain ranges, high elevation balds, forested ridges, crystal clear waters, and large tracts of national park and national forest land provide a backdrop to life in the region.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Natural Resources Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

The Blue Ridge Mountains | Image Credit: Ken Thomas (www.kenthomas.us)

Sample Strategies

BE4.1: Create an alliance of recreation-based businesses. Read more »
RC8.8: Use available landslide hazard mapping, or fund additional mapping, to identify areas where landslides may occur currently or occur during land development to reduce the chances of increased sedimentation into the area's waterways. Read more »
EA2.1: Identify strategies in the GroWNC online tool that have measurable outcomes. Establish baselines and a schedule for measuring progress. Periodically update workbook with case studies that include local examples. Read more »
RC7.2: Expand or adapt the Neighborhood Water Watch project for other communities in the region. Read more »
RC2.9: Identify candidates in the region to apply for the USDA Forest Service Community Forests Program, where financial assistance is provided to communities to sustainably manage forests for multiple public benefits. Read more »