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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 (

Sample Strategies

RC2.1: Research the costs and benefits of reducing acreage requirements for Voluntary Agricultural District and/or Present Use Value designation. Read more »
LU3.1: Adopt policies and/or regulations and provide incentives to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including sidewalks, bike lanes, parks, greenways, and other recreational facilities, in new and existing neighborhoods and commercial centers. Read more »
EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development. Read more »
BE4.2: Track and quantify the economic impacts of recreational activities through a regional study to establish the economic impact of the industry in the region. Read more »
RC8.2: Promote and expand existing water quality and conservation education campaigns. Read more »