Beyond the Mountains of Western North Carolina

Chimney Rock - Ch. 7

Every once in a while, I need to remind myself to look beyond the mountains of Western North Carolina. I live in the state of North Carolina and I try to keep up a little about the outdoor issues outside the mountains.

Two items are worthy of your time.

Land for Tomorrow is organizing North Carolina’s first summit on the economics of conservation. It will be held on  
February 23, 2011 from 11:30 am – 4:00 p.m at the 
Raleigh Convention Center. Here’s what they say about the importance of this topic.

Land and water conservation has created significant economic benefits in local communities, across the state and around the country. Join Land for Tomorrow to hear conservation challenges and success stories from key leaders in economic development, government, business and the military. A new economic impact study by the Trust for Public Land will be unveiled that will, for the first time, quantify the state’s return on its investments in conservation.

All the details are on the Land for Tomorrow website.

The second item is a report entitled Unfulfilled Promise
The Million Acres Initiative and the Need to
Protect North Carolina’s Open Spaces

To summarize the executive summary: North Carolina’s
General Assembly established the Million Acre Initiative to protect one million acres of land between January 1, 1999 and December 31, 2009. While many important and beautiful places were protected in the process, it is now clear that North Carolina has fallen short of this goal.

Lots of great places have been saved, such as Chimney Rock State Park and Grandfather Mountain State Park but a million acres have not been saved. The picture above is of Chimney Rock.

Read the report’s executive summary, at least. It’s an eye opener.

Of course, the best way of discovering North Carolina beyond the mountains is to walk the Mountains-to-Sea Trail. I’ll be doing another section real soon.


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