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Tuesday, November 3 • 3:20pm - 3:40pm
The NC Wildlife Resources Commission Green Growth Toolbox: Outcomes from Five Years of Training and Technical Assistance to Local Governments

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Kacy Cook, NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Catherine Deininger, Biocenosis LLC; Brooke Massa,  NC Wildlife Resources Commission; Allison Schwarz Weakley, NC Natural Heritage Program  

More centralized development patterns that conserve, buffer and connect priority wildlife habitats could contribute to landscape-scale wildlife and biodiversity conservation in North Carolina, which has more urban sprawl regions than any state. In response the NC Wildlife Resources Commission and the NC Natural Heritage Program partnered to provide local governments with the Green Growth Toolbox (GGT), the Conservation Planning Tool and the NC Natural Heritage Data Explorer. These tools make biodiversity conservation data, information, recommendations and maps accessible to development planners and communities through training, online resources and technical assistance. We will discuss implementation of these tools by communities and conservation partnerships. Technical assistance and training have been provided over five years by two to three full time staff in any one year for 50 to 30 percent of their time. From 2010 to 2015 we conducted 21 full-day GGT trainings to over 400 local planners and decision-makers. We are aware of at least 12 land use plans, three long-range transportation plans and 5 ordinances or ordinance reviews that have employed technical assistance or use of the Green Growth Toolbox. We will discuss case studies based on interviews with local planners. The Chatham County Conservation Subdivision Ordinance has been used by three developers whose approved plans would conserve hundreds of acres of relatively unfragmented wildlife habitat and over 100 foot stream buffers.  We will also present an analysis of community needs from GGT training workshop evaluations. Program results will also be available via the Green Growth Toolbox webpage at www.ncwildlife.org/greengrowth

Tuesday November 3, 2015 3:20pm - 3:40pm EST
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