Land and Water Conservation in North Carolina

Protecting this State’s Most Important Economic Assets

Land and water are North Carolina’s most important economic assets. Four of the major engines of North Carolina’s economy – agriculture, tourism, forestry and the military – all depend on natural and working lands and clean water.

Protecting these vital natural resources is essential to ensure these economic drivers, and others, will continue to flourish and provide jobs for North Carolinians, particularly in rural areas of the state

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Investing in Green Infrastructure

In North Carolina, conservation organizations, communities, private landowners and federal. state, and local governments have worked together to build a green infrastructure to protect North Carolina’s environment and grow our state’s economy. Elements of this green infrastructure include:

  • Military buffers – protecting military investment in North Carolina to ensure that land use adjacent to bases does not impede the Armed Forces’ ability to fulfill their mission.
  • Scenic areas – boosting the state’s tourism economy.
  • Farmland and forests – protecting and sustaining working family farms and forestland under significant population pressures, ensuring a continued supply of fresh local foods and fiber.
  • Game lands, trout streams and estuaries – critical to small businesses in the hunting, commercial and sport fishing, and outdoors industries.
  • Parks and trails – enhancing North Carolina’s quality of life and ability to attract new families and businesses by protecting water supplies, benefiting local economies, and improving public health.