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.
|RC7.4: Augment existing natural resource inventories with local inventories by qualified biologists with expertise in ecology.||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 »|
|EA1.1: Form a committee of committed stakeholders to oversee implementation of GroWNC recommendations and strategies.||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 »|
|RC8.4: Educate citizens about the benefits of planting native species in place of non-native ornamentals in residential landscaping.||Read more »|