State Wildlife Action Plan
The Triangle Greenways Council received a grant through the Conservation Trust for North Carolina by The Conservation Fund with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to help educate Triangle area greenway professionals about the North Carolina State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The action plan was developed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to identify the state’s high priority wildlife habitat types and areas.
As a result of the grant award, TGC was able to host two lunch and learn opportunities in the month of April (2009). Greenway and conservation design professionals were invited to learn how the North Carolina State Wildlife Action Plan relates to conservation efforts in their areas, and how SWAP can be used in local planning and design of greenways, parks and open space.
Typical greenway planning and design occurs in riparian corridors that are the interface of aquatic and terrestrial wildlife habitats. The way in which greenways are planned, designed and managed affects whether or not greenways will provide viable habitat for species of conservation concern.
The lunch and learn programs explored how greenways can be designed to benefit wildlife and people, recognizing the conflicts that occur between the human/regulatory needs and protecting wildlife habitat.
The events were led by Jacquelyn Wallace, Urban Wildlife Biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, John Connors of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, and Victor Lebsock, Greenway Planner with the City of Raleigh. Much appreciation goes out to these folks for a wonderfully successful educational program. We would also like to thank the members of the Partners for Environmental Justice and St. Ambrose Episcopal Church for the use of the Church to host the events.
Please read more about North Carolina’s Wildlife Action Plan.