on Jun 16, 2011 12:00 AM • Views 5450
Media Contact: Kacy L. Cook, Land Conservation Biologist

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 16, 2011) – The media is invited to a free Green Growth Workshop being offered to local and county governments in Brunswick and Columbus counties.

The workshop is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 24 at Lake Waccamaw State Park, 1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw.

The free training workshop consists of morning presentations followed by lunch and a field trip.

The Green Growth Toolbox is a tool for developers, consultants and local and county government land use planning. The toolbox includes wildlife habitat data and details land use planning methods for conserving local fish, wildlife and natural resources important to the community. This project aims to prevent wildlife species from being placed on endangered species lists by providing information and data for proactive approaches to conserving wildlife habitats through land use planning and development design. The Wildlife Resources Commission has partnered with Coastal Land Trust, Sustainable Sandhills, Sandhills Conservation Partnership, and Land of Sky Regional Council to deliver Green Growth Toolbox workshops and technical guidance.

Since late 2009, more than 100 land use planners, elected officials, planning board members and GIS staff have been trained. The tool box currently is providing one-on-one technical assistance to more than 20 communities.
Please contact Kristen Howell of the Coastal Land Trust, if you plan to attend or need further information, at 910-790-4524, ext. 18, or Kristen@coastallandtrust.org.  
This Green Growth Toolbox training session is funded by the Wildlife Conservation Society, US Fish and Wildlife Service's State Wildlife Grant program, the Coastal Land Trust and the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. To support this effort and other wildlife conservation projects in North Carolina:

  • Donate through the Tax Check-off for Nongame and Endangered Wildlife on their N.C. State Income tax form;
  • Register a vehicle or trailer with a N.C. Wildlife Conservation license plate.
  • Donate online at www.ncwildlife.org/give.