Animal Conservation

Wildlife Commission Green Growth Toolbox series debut

The State Wildlife Commission will launch “Toolbox Tuesdays,” an online series highlighting conservation and nature-based solutions next week.

Free webinars run through Microsoft Teams are part of the commission’s Green Growth Toolbox, a guide to growth tools that preserve the wildlife and natural resources of counties, towns and cities.

The first webinar will begin Tuesday at 10 a.m. and will be an “Introduction to Growth Toolbox ”, an overview of what the Toolbox is and why it is important to North Carolina counties, communities, local economies and the future of wildlife. Those interested should register online before the workshop.

Land use and transportation planners, planning consultants, zoning officials, local planning departments, landscape architects, planning council members, elected officials, GIS and Others interested in learning more about conservation-based land use planning, nature-based solutions and their economy benefits are encouraged to join the free Toolbox Tuesdays virtual programs. Continuing education credits are available.

Watch: Introductory Webinar on the Green Growth Toolkit

The webinars, all starting at 10 a.m., will last one hour, including 15 minutes for questions and discussion. The organizers are asking participants to register online prior to the webinars. The programs will be recorded and shared at

Toolbox Tuesday schedule

  • Introduction to the Green Growth Toolkit November 9 and 23. What is GGT and why is it important to North Carolina counties, communities, local economies, and the future of our wildlife?
  • Introduction to conservation data for green growth December 14 and January 11. Explore maps related to wildlife habitat conservation and land use planning and the North Carolina Natural Heritage Data Explorer. This is the first of two webinars on retention data.
  • In-depth conservation data for green growth on February 8. This is the second of two conservation data webinars. Please attend or watch the recorded webinar on An Introduction to Conservation Data for Green Growth first. In this in-depth version, you’ll learn about the North Carolina Natural Heritage Data Explorer and an introduction on how to incorporate wildlife habitat maps and data into plans, ordinances and development review.
  • Green planning February 22. Integrate habitat conservation maps, goals and strategies into land use planning; this session will highlight case studies from across the state.
  • March 8 Greening Incentives and Orders. Review of barriers and opportunities for incentive-based habitat conservation through ordinances
  • Selection, design and review of green development sites on March 22. Choose development areas that have less impact on wildlife habitat, integrate wildlife habitat corridors into development design and revise them.

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