News Release | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

NC falls short of goal to protect 1 million acres

Raleigh--In ten years, North Carolina has permanently protected more than 640,000 acres of parks, forests, farmlands, and such critical areas as Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, and the banks of the Haw River.  Yet, according to a new Environment North Carolina study, the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to reach the million-acre mark by December 31, 2009.

Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Unfulfilled Promise

Raleigh--In ten years, North Carolina has permanently protected more than 640,000 acres of parks, forests, farmlands, and such critical areas as Grandfather Mountain, Chimney Rock, and the banks of the Haw River.  Yet, according to a new Environment North Carolina study, the state fell well short of a goal set by legislators and former Gov. Jim Hunt to reach the million-acre mark by December 31, 2009.

Report | Environment North Carolina Research & Policy Center

Losing Our Natural Heritage

North Carolina’s signature woodlands, farmlands, and open spaces are disappearing at an alarming rate.  If these trends continue, the state’s treasured natural areas will disappear as vast tracts of land are developed into urban areas in the next twenty years.

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Preserving our Blue Ridge landscape

Driving along the Blue Ridge Parkway, you can scan the horizon and see thousands of acres protected by open space preservation programs that our staff and members have supported and defended. And as lawmakers threaten funds for these programs, we’ll keep fighting to defend the Blue Ridge’s natural beauty.

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