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Multiple Benefits of Large, Undeveloped Tracts in Urbanized Landscapes: A North Carolina Example

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In North Carolina's Research Triangle region, development pressures threaten open space. Expanding municipalities and suburban sprawl have isolated public lands as private landowners subdivide or sell to developers. Large holdings owned by a private corporation and amassed to buffer a nuclear power facility and its reservoir remain intact. These holdings provide unexpected public benefits and foster conservation of a rare plant community type revealed through interdisciplinary research. The landowner's support for research and restoration underscore the important role private corporations can play in achieving community conservation goals.
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Keywords: conservation; environmental management; forest; forest management; forest resources; forestry; forestry research; forestry science; land use; natural resource management; natural resources

Document Type: Miscellaneous

Affiliations: 1: Associate Professor Department of Forestry, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8002 Raleigh, NC, 27695-8002, [email protected] 2: Staff Scientist SEI Environmental, Inc., Raleigh, North Carolina 3: Natural Resources Adviser USAID Office of Agriculture and Food Security, Washington, DC

Publication date: 01 April 2002

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