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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

LU4.2: Raise awareness of the benefits of alternative land protection instruments, such as conservation easements, deed restrictions, "less than fee simple" transactions, and life estates, to promote land stewardship and private land preservation. Read more »
RC7.1: Develop a "citizen scientist" program to collect local natural resource data. Read more »
EA4.1: Use Child Watch Tour model to raise awareness about various issues. Read more »
RC5.3: Identify and develop more regional and local sources for conservation funding. Read more »
RC4.1: Pass local night sky ordinances tailored to each community’s preferences and needs. Read more »