Habitat Conservation Recommendations

One of the primary purposes of the Green Growth Toolbox is to provide conservation recommendations that are based on the scientific literature regarding how much habitat priority wildlife need in order to remain in developing landscapes. These recommendations come from two N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission guidance documents: 



Many wildlife species need specialized types of habitat or large blocks of habitat.  When development fragments or degrades these habitats, the most vulnerable species are often lost.  We encourage readers to use this information to do what is possible to minimize negative impacts to wildlife through planning, policies and development design.

  • Incorporating these recommendations in plans, incentives, ordinances and development designs will help reduce the likelihood that species are placed on the federal endangered and threatened species list and could reduce permit delays.
  • We encourage local governments and developers to conserve as much habitat as possible as a first step, even if it is less than what is recommended.

How can this information be used?


In local government planning documents to inform:

• The goals, objectives, strategies and natural resources component in all community planning documents.

• Policy recommendations.

In incentives and ordinances to inform:

• The proportion or width of open space conservation to consider in certain districts or development standards.

In development review and site design to inform:

• Review of development proposals to evaluate habitat conservation opportunities.

• Development designs that will enhance wildlife habitat conservation.

Recommendations Summary
See Section 3 of the Handbook for more details

Recommendations Summary