Natural Areas

The Carolina North Forest and the land around University Lake are the two largest intact natural areas contributing to Carrboro's natural green infrastructure. Various other sites, including parks, designated open space, land set aside in conservation, greenways, and and undeveloped public and private lands contribute to green infrastructure. In April 2000, Orange County enacted a comprehensive program for the acquisition of priority critical natural and cultural resource lands entitled the “Lands Legacy Program.” The Town partnered with the program and the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund to purchase the Adams Tract, a forested tract adjacent to Wilson Park near downtown Carrboro. (More information is available by clicking on Orange County Lands Legacy Program and this site.) The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program runs a statewide program focusing on identifying and conserving important natural areas. The Triangle Land Conservancy protects conservation lands in the Research Triangle Area. The North Carolina Botanical Gardens and Piedmont Wildlife Center foster healthy connections among people, wildlife and nature.

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