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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

EI1.7: Develop policies to encourage installation of on-site, locally-sourced renewable energy systems for local government facilities and schools for energy, education, conservation, cost savings, and efficiency. Read more »
EA1.3: Create informational materials that utilize personal testimonials to increase awareness of local and regional issues, including housing, health safety, environment, and transportation. Read more »
RC5.2: Consider Wildlife Habitat Overlay District ordinances in order to protect prime habitat and key ecological corridors. Read more »
BE4.5: Develop programs and incentives for dedicating a portion of the funds generated through eco-tourism for conservation and sustainable management of the area’s natural resources. Read more »
RC8.3: Develop programs with local school districts to educate youth on the value of natural resources to the region. Tie into North Carolina K-12 State curriculum. Create a Sustainability Educator position. Read more »