on Jun 17, 2010 12:00 AM • Views 3382
Media Contact: Jacquelyn Wallace, Urban Wildlife Biologist
(919) 360-9680
jacquelyn.wallace@ncwidlife.org

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 17, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received a $200,000 grant to expand its Green Growth Toolbox, a tool designed to help communities implement habitat-friendly practices into development plans.

The grant will pay for the integration of the Wildlife Action Plan – the Commission’s blueprint for enhancing and conserving the state’s fish and wildlife species and their habitats – and its priorities into local land use planning. The Commission will partner with the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust, Sustainable Sandhills, and the Land of Sky Regional Council to offer Green Growth Toolbox technical guidance to counties and municipalities in most areas of the state. Currently, the Green Growth Toolbox training is only offered in the Piedmont region.

”We are thrilled to have received this funding from the Wildlife Conservation Society,” said Jacquelyn Wallace, Urban Wildlife Biologist.  “It will enable us to expand this much-needed program across North Carolina to further empower planners to use the North Carolina Wildlife Action Plan effectively in local land use planning”

With the grant, the Commission plans to provide guidance to staff or advisory boards of 20 North Carolina cities, towns, or counties by August 2011. The grant will also pay for the creation of additional regional appendices and datasets that will assist communities in planning.

The grant comes from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Wildlife Action Opportunities Fund, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. For more information, visit the Wildlife Conservation Society’s website.

For more information, visit Green Growth Toolbox.