To achieve “Green Growth,” communities need to use conservation data in planning activities. To start using the data:
- Download the Green Growth Toolbox dataset, and integrate the data with your community’s existing GIS database. Read section 2 of the handbook to learn about the dataset.
- Start using the data in visioning and plan-making—display the data on land use planning maps, and use these maps to help guide land use decision making.
- Use the data in crafting incentives and in ordinance and rule-setting—display the data on maps to determine districts for incentives and ordinances that encourage wildlife and natural resource conservation.
- Use the data in development site selection, review and design—consult the data before purchase of development tracts, when reviewing development applications and during development design.
For ArcGIS users:
- Click on the links below and download all files using the download instructions. You can view the data using the “ArcGIS GGT statewide map (.mxd)” linked below.
For non-GIS users:
(Users should download the ArcReader 9.3.1 for Windows. An account with ESRI, the software provider, needs to be established at no cost and the software is free.)
- If you do not use GIS, you can still view the data using FREE ArcReader software.
- First, download all data files, including the “ArcReader GGT statewide map (.pmf)”. Be sure to follow the download instructions.
- Then, download the free ArcReader software package from the following website:
You can then open the “ArcReader GGT statewide map (.pmf)” to view the data.
To view the maps and data online go to the N.C. Natural Heritage Data Explorer at: