Commission Unveils Green Growth Toolbox

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 14, 2009) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources
Commission is introducing a guide to help towns, cities and
counties grow in a greener, more wildlife-friendly way.

The Green Growth Toolbox contains information on the state’s
most important habitats, as well as community-planning methods and
site-design techniques that can help conserve North Carolina’s
priority species.

“Our goal is not to inhibit development,” said Jacquelyn
Wallace, a biologist with the commission. “We want to show how we
can build new homes, businesses and shopping centers while
conserving habitats. We have put together a menu of conservation
strategies that counties and towns can pick and choose from, and we
can help communities choose the best options.”

More than 100,000 acres of North Carolina’s forests and fields
are developed each year – an area the size of Winston-Salem and
High Point combined.

But with the help of the Green Growth Toolbox, land-use decision
makers can meet the challenges that rapid development presents to
our state’s drinking water, air quality, habitats and
infrastructure, while garnering economic and social dividends for
their communities.

“The Green Growth Toolbox was developed to enable communities to
conserve their most important biological resources while continuing
to grow,” Wallace said.

Development of the Green Growth Toolbox was funded by a State
Wildlife Grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the
North Carolina Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, with
contributions of time and expertise from dozens of organizations
and agencies across the state.

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