Environment

UNCC researchers launch long-term study at Gaston preserve

Looking up a tall pine surrounded by bigleaf magnolias at Redlair. Photo: Nancy Pierce As the Charlotte region urbanizes, scientists from UNC Charlotte describe how they’ll use a Gaston County site as a long-term observatory to monitor natural systems.

Steele Creek wins first in Autobell Creek Challenge

Team photo of Steele Creek Elementary with Autobell CEO Chuck Howard. Photo: Courtesy Autobell Car Wash Teams of fourth- and fifth-graders competed to learn who knew the most about water pollution and local science, history and geography related to the creeks in Charlotte. 

Driving alone? Way2Go CLT wants to change that

Bicycle parked in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce A new initiative is using prizes as incentive to encourage people to reduce single-occupancy trips by car. The project runs March 1-Oct. 31.

With more deer but few predators, county turns to hunts

Deer leaps at edge of woods in north Mecklenburg. Photo: Nancy Pierce When a wildlife habitat lacks natural predators, some species become over-abundant. Deer herds are healthier, experts say, when controlled hunting is allowed. Part of the 2017 KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT project.

To you it’s a place to walk, but to wildlife it’s refuge

A boardwalk curves through wetlands at Four Mile Creek Greenway. Photo: Nancy Pierce Mecklenburg County’s greenways are more than places to jog, bicycle or escape the city’s hurly-burly. Surrounded by urbanization, they provide increasingly rare refuges for wildlife. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT. 

Your backyard can be habitat for wildlife

Flowers and a statue decorate Ernie McLaney's wildlife habitat garden How some local residents scrapped pesticides and herbicides and created a haven for native plants and animals – and even welcome insects. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT.

North Carolina, ‘toast of the temperate universe’

Zebra swallowtail butterflies. Blessed with an unusually rich natural diversity of plants and animals, North Carolina is losing species in large part due to habitat loss. What you can do to help – in your own yard. 

How can wildlife co-exist with city development? This researcher looks for answers.

Associate Professor Sara Gagné sits in front of posters showing insect species. Photo: Mary Newsom For 2017, the KEEPING WATCH initiative focuses on wildlife habitat in our urban ecosystem. PlanCharlotte.org editor Mary Newsom talked with UNC Charlotte’s Sara Gagné, who researches landscape ecology.

How to safeguard Charlotte’s trees? Plan aims to support the canopy

Gingko trees in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce Charlotte's tree canopy faces serious long-term threats. An urban forestry management plan in the works would encourage more public involvement and education.

Endangered species finds a haven in N.C.

Northern Oconee Bells, endangered species protected at a McDowell County site. Photo: Katherine Schlosser One of North Carolina’s rarest plants – the formerly “Lost Shortia,” which is found along a few stream banks in only one county in the world – has a history that involves two giants in the world of botany.