A State of the Environment report for Orange County as well as the Eno-New Hope Landscape Conservation Plan will be released at an Environmental Summit hosted by Orange County and the Eno-New Hope Landscape Conservation Group on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019. The Environmental Summit is free and open to the public and will be held at the North Carolina Botanical Garden from 9 a.m. to noon.
The summit will bring together local governments, conservation groups, universities and ecologists to discuss current environmental work and achievements in the four-county area including Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Wake. It will also host a panel discussion on opportunities for regional collaboration to provide local solutions to some of our urgent environmental problems. To attend the event, please register here.
The Eno-New Hope Landscape Conservation Plan was produced by a collaboration among local governments, conservation groups, universities, and ecologists and focuses on the critical importance of habitat connectivity for wildlife in the Eno River and New Hope Creek watersheds in Chatham, Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
The 2019 State of the Environment report was produced by the Orange County Commission for the Environment (CFE), a citizen board that advises the Orange County Board of Commissioners on matters related to the natural environment. The CFE completed the first State of the Environment report in February 2000. Following that initial effort, the Commission for the Environment decided it would continue to monitor environmental indicators so that it might identify the status and trends of environmental quality in Orange County. Subsequent reports were completed in 2002, 2004, 2009, and 2014.