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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

RC1.2: Reduce the amount of land disturbed in critical watersheds through targeted development regulations. Read more »
RC7.3: Develop a regional Intelligent Rivers program to monitor and analyze the management of water resources in the region. Read more »
RC7.8: Maintain updated county-level Natural Heritage Inventories. Read more »
RC1.8: Develop programs or demonstration projects that encourage green roofs and solar canopies. Read more »
RC8.4: Educate citizens about the benefits of planting native species in place of non-native ornamentals in residential landscaping. Read more »