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2003 News from Mecklenburg County

March 29, 2003


2003 Local Government Conservationist of the Year

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County is being recognized as the 2003 Local Government Conservationist of the Year for its initiative and cooperation in protecting natural resources.  The annual award is presented by the Conservation Trust for North Carolina and the Land Trust Council, recognizing one government entity for partnering with local and regional land trusts.

The local recognition will take place at the regular meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center, 600 East Fourth Street.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Catawba Lands Conservancy nominated Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation's Division of Natural Resources for the award.  The County partnered with the Catawba Lands Conservancy to protect Brackett Bluff in northern Mecklenburg County and land in the Gar Creek area.  The award was presented March 21 at the Carolina Land Trust Assembly in Brown Summit, N.C.

Park and Recreation Department's Division of Natural Resources is the principal government agency responsible for the protection, conservation, and management of Mecklenburg County's natural areas.  The Division operates three nature centers and offers environmental education and nature programs to students of all ages, promotes biodiversity and open space preservation, manages over 5,200 acres of nature preserves, monitors a diversity of wildlife populations, restores habitats for endangered and threatened plant species, and conserves natural communities such as bottomland hardwood forests and native grasslands.  For more information, check the Web site

Catawba Lands Conservancy is a regional land trust dedicated to preserving the land, water and wildlife resources of the Southern Piedmont and Lower Catawba River Basin to sustain our region's health, natural beauty and ecological diversity now and in the future.  The Conservancy serves all or portions of Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg and Union Counties.

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