With three of the four indicators rated “fair,” Mecklenburg County’s land resources have room for improvement, according to the county’s latest State of the Environment Report.
The 2012 report rates four categories of environmental Indicators for land resources: climate change and wildlife, nature preserves, greenways
If you could travel back in time to the Carolinas Piedmont before European settlement, some of the landscape might look a bit like this clearing in northwestern Mecklenburg County, tucked under swooping Duke Energy power lines.
Here, a spring breeze whispers through slim brown stalks of last season’s little bluestem and Indian grass. Wild
Land conservationists in the Charlotte region face a vexing dilemma.
The recession has preserved some tantalizing property that until recently was destined for development. But public and private organizations have precious little money to buy or otherwise protect the parcels they covet.
Although conservationists expect the pace of growth
What happens when you save a wetland, but not the wet?
On a winter’s walk last year through Flat Branch Nature Preserve, Chris Matthews, the county park department natural resources manager, saw the answer. The preserve, at Mecklenburg County’s southernmost tip, should have been dappled with pools, spongy with moisture. The water
The largest known stand of old-growth Piedmont longleaf pine remaining in the state will be preserved as an education forest, protected from development. The LandTrust for Central North Carolina and the N.C. Zoological Park last month completed their purchase of the 116-acre property in northern Montgomery County.
Longleaf pine forests
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